Maria’s Paradise (2019)

Finland, 1920’s. The charismatic preacher Maria Åkerblom (Pihla Viitala, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, 2013) leads her devout followers to Helsinki, among them is the adoring teenager Salome. When Salome befriends local street girl Malin, her world views are challenged and she is torn between the promise of newfound freedom and Maria’s dangerous all-consuming love.

During a pivotal summer, Salome is faced with standing up against Maria, the woman who had saved her.

Production notes

  • Orig. title: Marian paratiisi
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Nordisk Film
  • Print source: Nordisk Film
  • Cinematography: Hena Blomberg
  • Editing: Samu Heikkilä
  • Music: Timo Kaukolampi, Tuomo Puranen
  • Sound: Micke Nyström
  • Production design: Jaagup Roomet