Kukaan ei katso sinua silmiin (2022)

All around us, there lives a group of “invisibles”, people who are only perceivable via a camera. We meet two of them: Tuomas is a single parent to his daughter, who is the only person in the world seeing him normally; Ninni is a young woman in an emerging online relationship, meeting her crush for the first time “in real life”. In combination with these parallel stories, the film uses street footage and testimonies from other “invisibles” to reflect on questions of loneliness, visibility and perception. Our world is exposed as one where the prosaic and the poetic, the factual and the imaginary, live together.

Production notes

Although director Jesse Jalonen does not see his film as a mockumentary, it is clear that Nobody Meets Your Eyes sails decisively somewhere between fiction and documentary in the open seas of cinematic art. The work seems like it could be coming from an alternate reality, and the visual texture of having been shot on an old Nokia C5 camera phone is like a side effect caused by interdimensional travel.

Valtteri Himmanen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Finnish
  • Subtitles: English, Finnish
  • Distribution: ELO Film School
  • Cinematography: Jesse Jalonen
  • Editing: Sanna Liinamaa
  • Sound: Samuli Ala-Lahti
  • Production design: Jenni Nylander
  • Costume design: Mirva Mietala