2020 | 77 min
  • Documentary films, over 30 min

Själö – Island of Souls

Själö

Details

For centuries, a closed institution served as a final destination for socially transgressive women at Själö, an isolated island in the Baltic Sea. The outcast women were kept there in detention, to be observed, studied and measured – in much the same way as the surrounding nature is by scientists at the now converted research center. While a young scientist is collecting samples around the island, the past emerges in the whispers of the unsent letters and empty rooms of the hospital. The space fills up with hidden memories as the invisible archives come alive. Whose stories are remembered and whose are forgotten?

Festivals:
CPH:DOX 2020, Camerimage 2020

DIRECTOR: Lotta Petronella
SCREENWRITERS: Lotta Petronella, Seppo Parkkinen
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kerttu Hakkarainen
EDITING: Matti Näränen
SOUND: Janne Laine
MUSIC: Lau Nau
PRODUCERS: Ilona Tolmunen, Ulla Simonen
PRODUCTION COMPANY: MADE
SALES: Syndicado

Directors

Lotta Petronella

is visual artist and curator based in Barcelona and Helsinki. She works with film with over 15 years of experience on directing, dramaturgy and photography. Her feature documentary HEM (Home) was a quest on whether a man's soul can ever find home. It was a Critic's Choice at DocPoint in 2015, chocen by Variety’s John Anderson.

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