Spotlight on Finland 2021

Berlinale is a time to discover exciting new films, so we decided to introduce you to some of the upcoming Finnish works looking for that international audience.

We also picked two talented and diverse film composers who would love to find new projects!

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Audiovisual Producers Finland APFI


Director: Hamy Ramezan
Production: Jussi Rantamäki & Emilia Haukka / Film Company Aamu

Genre: arthouse drama

13-year-old Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee centre in Finland. Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the school holidays, the family receives the terrible news their asylum application has been denied. The Mehdipours file a final appeal, and they continue with their everyday lives, trying to keep a positive attitude despite the looming danger of deportation. As Ramin starts the new school year, every moment, every friendship will be more precious than ever.

Film in catalogue


Director: Teemu Nikki
Producer: Jani Pösö / It’s Alive

Genre: arthouse drama

Everybody needs love. Including Jaakko, who is tied to his wheelchair. Jaakko’s love is Sirpa. They have never met in real life, but on the phone, they meet every day. Sirpa gets terrible news about her health, and Jaakko decides to go to her immediately. It is not the easiest decision because Jaakko is blind and paralyzed to his chest. During his journey, he’s losing his faith and trust in humanity, gets it back and finally gets to his love.

Film in catalogue


Director: Taneli Mustonen
Production: Aleksi Hyvärinen / Don Films

Genre: horror

Every parent’s worst nightmare is just the beginning for Rachel’s ordeal as in the aftermath of a tragic accident, she and her husband Anthony decide to move to the other side of the world to focus on their surviving twin son Elliot. What begins as a time of healing and isolation turns into a desperate battle for the very soul of their son.


Director: Alli Haapasalo
Producer: Leila Lyytikäinen / Citizen Jane Productions

Genre: coming-of-age / drama / young adults

Mimmi and Rönkkö are best friends, supporting each other in good and bad. They don’t know yet what the future will bring, but the world is open. Emma is a figure skater aiming for an international career. When the three meet at a party, nothing will remain the same.

Film in catalogue


Laura Naukkarinen aka Lau Nau

Lau Nau, aka Laura Naukkarinen, is one of the more interesting names in the Finnish contemporary music scene. A composer, music producer and performer whose music is imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and idiosyncratic, finely honed sound world.

Lau Nau works using both acoustic and electronic instruments. While her songs are luminous, melancholic pieces of experimental chamber folk music, her scores for films and sound installations are experimental studies of sound.

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Composer spotlight

Pessi Levanto

Pessi Levanto is one of the most prominent film composers in Finland and is currently gaining foothold with his work internationally. His wide knowledge of both classical and jazz/rock genres gives him a versatile and personal way of writing. His style is often light and delicate, colourfully orchestrated and carefully crafted with old-school craftsmanship utilizing modern techniques.

Pessi has scored twenty two full-length feature films, around thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. 

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