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The Finnish Gala Selection of Helsinki International Film Festival, Dome Karukoski’s Heart of Lion, will get its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th, 2013. 

Heart of a Lion has been invited to the Contemporary World Cinema series of Toronto International Film Festival, which screens the best in cinema from around the globe. Karukoski’s last feature Lapland Odyssey was screened in the same series in 2010.

Heart of a Lion is an intense drama about neo-nazi Teppo (Peter Franzén) who tries to position himself as a stepfather for the coloured son of the woman he has fallen passionately in love with (Sari, played by Laura Birn). Karukoski treats the rather grim subject of racism with humanism and humour, creating a story of love and hate, loyalty and ideals, where Teppo risks paying a high price for his happiness.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which takes place in September, is known as one of the most influential film festivals in the world, alongside the festivals in Cannes and Berlin. TIFF is the biggest film festival in North America and is seen as an important springboard for entering the American film market.

The film will be represented in Toronto by director Dome Karukoski, Heart of a Lion producer/screenwriter Aleksi Bardy, actress Laura Birn and actor Jasper Pääkkönen.

Photo: Pekka Mustonen/Helsinki Filmi

Photo: Pekka Mustonen/Helsinki Filmi

Dome Karukoski’s successful years

All of director Dome Karukoski’s films have premiered internationally at highly esteemed international festivals (Berlin, Moscow, Karlovy Vary and Toronto).

Karukoski’s last film, Lapland Odyssey, was the Finnish film that got most viewers in 2010.

He has also directed the features Forbidden Fruit, The Home of Dark Butterflies and Beauty and the Bastard, as well as TV series and commercials.