Stars Above by Saara Cantell will have it’s world premiere in this year’s Göteborg International Film Festival. The film has been selected as one of the eight new feature films to compete in festival´s Nordic Competition. The Nordic Film Award consists of SEK 1 000 000 from Region Västra Götaland. The Göteborg International Film Festival will be held from January 26 to February 6, 2012.
Stars Above follows the stories of three women from the same family in three different decades. The setting for all the stories is the same: an old country house that has been in the family for years. Each woman is between 30 and 40 and at a crossroads in their lives during her story segment. The three women – Saima(Irina Björklund), Tuulikki (Meri Nenonen) and Salla (Elin Petersdottir) are each in turn to spend the autumn in the country house that was built in the 1920’s, and which is later used as the family’s summer house. Saima´s story takes place in 1942, Tuulikki´s story in 1978, and Salla´s story in the present day. In the film, the women´s stories overlap like the various coloured threads in a wall fabric, and gradually the individual fates of the women, scattered across decades, form a whole picture.
Saara Cantell´s last feature Heartbeats was a festival favourite winning several awards. Stars Above is produced by Outi Rousu and Ella Piesala for Pystymetsä Oy and co-produced by Pegasus Pictures from Iceland. Stars Above will be distributed in Finland by Oy Nordisk Film Ab.
The Nordic Lights section of Göteborg International Film Festival will feature Iris by Ulrike Bengts and Where Once We Walked by Peter Lindholm as well as Burden of my heart by Iris Olsson and Yves Montand Niyongabo, Aranda by Anu Kuivalainen and Annunciation by Eija-Liisa Ahtila.