National Competition 3 


School bullying

After not seeing each other for years, Anna and her former school bully Jasmine suddenly meet, when Jasmine brings her daughter to Anna’s dance class. The encounter turns a cheerful class into a battleground, when emotions blur Anna’s judgment.

Director: Salla Sorri, Eva-Maria Koskinen
Country: Finland
Year: 2022
Duration: 18 min
Producer: Paria Eskandari
Production: Aamu Film Company
Screenplay: Eva-Maria Koskinen
Cinematography: Samuli Aho
Editing: Nina Ijäs
Sound: Emil Soininen
Starring: Alma Pöysti, Linda Zilliacus, Vivian Taht
War Reparation

Finns born in the 1960s and 1970s talk about the intergenerational trauma caused by World War II and how it affected emotional expression in their families and cultivated an atmosphere of hard work and diligence.

Director: Hanna Maria Anttila
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 17 min
Producer: Hanna Maria Anttila
Screenplay: Hanna Maria Anttila
Cinematography: Hanna Maria Anttila
Editing: Hanna Maria Anttila
Sound: Kaino Wennerstrand
Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings

A filmmaker relates her vision for directing a neo-western in grainy, transitory images. She imagines that the greatest hurdle her protagonists, Yassine and Hami, have to face is the friendly but firm rejection of Finnish society. When violence on the imaginary frontier escalates in the form of a flying potato, the ‘fictitious’ figures begin to speak about their real experiences.

Director: Elina Oikari
Country: France, Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 14 min
Producer: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
Production: Zone2 Pictures
Screenplay: Elina Oikari
Cinematography: Elina Oikari
Editing: Elina Oikari
Animation: Gabriel de la Cruz
Sound: Pekka Aikio
Starring: Yassine Khaled, Hami Bahadori, Sophie-Catherine Gallet, Christelle Ighniades

Granada, Terhi’s first car is broken. Money is tight and fixing the car is expensive. Terhi’s mother insists on getting rid of the useless vehicle that has become a money pit. Terhi is hoping to get the repairs done and drive the car to Germany, where it could be sold for a higher price. Letting go of an old, historic car proves to be harder than expected.

Director: Terhi Nieminen
Country: Finland
Year: 2022
Duration: 27 min
Producer: Terhi Nieminen, Iris Kärkkäinen
Screenplay: Terhi Nieminen, Iris Kärkkäinen
Cinematography: Iris Kärkkäinen
Editing: Heli Kota
Sound: Jorma Kaulanen
Starring: Terhi Nieminen, George Pendl, Paula Huotelin, Ilari Kärkkäinen, Pertti Nissinen, Aila Hyvönen, Iris “Kurkku” Kärkkäinen, Chia Kalari, Dmitri Missiouk, Ziima

A visual recording of the silence that occurred when cultural spaces were closed in 2022. How does the stage or stalls of a theatre look and feel, when there’s no play, no performance and no audience present?

Director: Jarno Parkkima
Country: Finland
Year: 2022
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Jarno Parkkima
Cinematography: Jarno Parkkima
Editing: Jarno Parkkima
Sound: Jarno Parkkima
Kuinka käänsin Rabobeston kylkiasentoon

On the verge of her marital life, a young woman makes a journey into the night to find out why she has lost her heartbeat and turned golden.

Director: Mari Mantela
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 15 min
Producer: Klaus Heydemann
Production: Inland Film Company
Screenplay: Mari Mantela
Cinematography: Jani Kumpulainen
Editing: Timo Peltola
Sound: Timo Peltola, Jukka Nurmela
Starring: Alina Tomnikov, Valtteri Lehtinen, Jouko Klemettilä, Martti Suosalo