The Finnish Film Affair Industry event won the top honor for the progress pitch in the upcoming feature “Bubble” award, participating in a competition where six projects presented a wide range of stories, settings and styles.
Mainly Finnish producers make their films, looking for some international partners, most of whom expect sales, festivals and distribution deals.
“Bubbles,” the story of a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother announces that she is divorcing her father from her lesbian boyfriend, director Alexei Salmenpar হিসেবে describes it as a heartwarming drama that focuses on the challenges teenagers face and their comfort. With departure from the region.
Although the protagonist of the story, 16-year-old Evelyn, like most teenagers, is liberal in her belief, “this liberal thinking does not extend to her parents,” as producer Minna Hapkilo put it.
In the scene, which is both exciting but full of satirical humor, “Bubble” shows that the sincere teenager is trying to understand her own parents while facing the natural challenges of establishing her own identity, seeking answers while struggling to cope with her emotions and insecurities.
Hapkiller Shingle, one of Finland’s leading independent production companies, specializes in creating rabbit films, original TV formats and Finnish TV dramas and comedies, and has sold shows in over 200 regions.
Salmenpar co-author Rita Rutsalinen defines the process of writing a “bubble” with her character and the guiding principle of the dialogue “the story seems real.”
Salmenpar, whose past films have been screened in Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto and San Sebastian, has won the National Film Award of Finland for the 2018 drama “Void” – four Jassi Awards.
The Finnish Film Affairs, Helsinki International Film Festival, as well as the ongoing Art Days, this year attracted 400 individual delegates, with Kaisa Rastimo presenting her documentary “Nasrin’s Voice” at the Pitch Session Progress and Development Awards.
The project, a real-life detective story, follows the search for a Kurdish ex-bride in Finland whose three daughters are being held captive in Iraq by a man who forced her to marry at the age of 13. The decision to divorce her and escape from the confines of her life in captivity led her to kidnap and punish her daughters in Iraq in the hope that it would bring Nasrin back to the line.
The situation represents one that many women face today, the filmmaker said, “Europe is full of Nazarenes.”
Producer Ila Ruhonen, who works with Image Club, describes how the world Nasrin fled with a men who used women as products. “They feel like women’s fruit – they want a new one.”
The Image Club, founded by Rastimo in 2009, describes itself as an expert in international marketing videos centering on stories that affect people from different cultures.
“Nasrin’s Voice” competed with eight Finnish and international co-production docs, including the story of a former musician whose discovery of a 100-year-old string instrument in a garbage dump began an investigation into Europe’s wartime and Cold War history, “The Cello” by Kira Joskelin Other topics included illegal social media events, Finnish pop music icon Alma, the fight to repatriate Semitic cultural artifacts from museums, the re-launch of a Spanish mining strike that turned into a real-life movement, and the lone photographer’s story , “Links Man”, directed by Juha Sunpo and Waki Tie Films producer Pasi Hakki.
The Documentary Project Award includes a 3,000 euro package from Avek, the Finnish audiovisual culture promotion center used for international marketing.
The third prize of the night for Nordic selection, four projects across Scandinavia and Iceland, went to Catherine Brooks’s “The Great Silence”, hoping to survive a family crisis in the peace of a Catholic convent centered on a nun. Denmark. His peace is shattered by the arrival of his drunken brother, who is determined to go to war with his heirs.
Brooks describes the Danish production with the monolithic film and producer Parnell Torny as a burden of guilt and shame and the characters “trying to hide our ugly sides”.
“The Great Silence” is Brooks’ first feature, the Icelandic children’s musical comedy “Victory over 12 Hours of Destruction”, a dramatic rhyme about Swedish relationships, “Local” and the Norwegian film “Thomas in the Multiverse”, an emotional scientist who discovers the clash of alternative lives. Can live in another dimension.