Filmmaker in Focus: Ulla Heikkilä 

Ulla Heikkilä is a Finnish director and screenwriter whose first feature film, Eden, about the confirmation camp, premiered in August 2020. Heikkilä graduated from Aalto University in 2016 with a master’s degree in film directing. She has also worked as a television screenwriter (Kalifornian Kommando, Paras vuosi ikinä) and as a playwright (Aikuiset). In addition to films and TV, Heikkilä has written and directed theater, radio drama and music videos. The retrospective screening of four short films presents Heikkilä’s short films Joutomaa (2016), Golgata (2016), #sovitus (2017) and Let Her Speak (2019), which have toured at several festivals in Finland and abroad.

Waste Land

Waste Land is a tragicomic ensemble film about a bunch of kids squatting an abandoned seaside hotel. The shabby hotel offers a life outside the society, at least momentarily. The house is more than a house – it is a utopian space for love, partying and freedom. But can the days of ease last when the squat is confronted both by outside forces and by internal conflicts?

Director: Ulla Heikkilä
Country: Finland
Year: 2016
Duration: 30 min
Golgotha

10-year-old Inari is preparing for the traditional May Day celebrations with her enthusiastic mother and reluctant father. In order to ensure an enjoyable evening for everyone Inari decides to make a deal with God.

Director: Ulla Heikkilä
Country: Finland
Year: 2016
Duration: 28 min
Producer: Marja Pihlaja
#barewithme

Madde, 30, is out shopping with her best friends Aura and Julia, when she suddenly sees a dark figure from the past: her ex-bff Elsi. Traumatized and panicked, Madde tries to hide. However, her friends won’t let her, and she is forced to make peace with her past. It’s Elsi’s turn to listen.

Director: Ulla Heikkilä
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 10 min
Producer: Marja Pihlaja
Let Her Speak

A merited female scientist is at an international conference and realises that a male moderator is explaining her own theory back at her, until a remark from the audience wakes both speakers and listeners.

Director: Ulla Heikkilä
Country: Finland, Sweden
Year: 2019
Duration: 13 min
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Farima Karimi, Siri Hjorton Wagner