Getaways & Dreams is a story about encounters, collisions and awakenings taking place during one summer day on a road and its nearby surroundings. The film’s theme is in the attempt to understand and accept life’s inevitability in its many different forms and it is explored through nine characters, an eccentric hitchhiker and one dog on the loose.
All of the characters struggle with their own challenging life situations, and in their individual ways try to survive either by escaping life or dreaming about another existence. Only when forced to face their greatest fears, do they wake up to realise how unpredictable life is and to welcome change with a new kind of ease, even hope. Getaways & Dreams is a balanced mixture of tragi-comedy and elevated realism introducing a rich, plentiful world with a wacky gallery of portraits, calmness and poetry.
International premiere: Warsaw Film Festival / Competition 1–2 2023
DIRECTOR: Kaisa El Ramly SCRIPT: Kaisa El Ramly CINEMATOGRAPHY: Päivi Kettunen PODUCTION DESIGN: Nanna Hirvonen COSTUME DESIGN: Roosa Marttiini MAKE-UP DESIGN: Mari Vaalasranta SOUND DESIGN: Lotta Mäki EDITOR: Erika Gonzales COMPOSER: Hans Appelqvist CAST: Sari Mällinen, Erja Manto, Aliisa Pulkkinen, Dick Idman, Lasse Karkjärvi, Robert Enckell, Jarkko Pajunen, Hannu Kivioja, Ingela Olsson, Erkki Saarela CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: LÄSK
PRODUCERS: Erik Andersson, Klaus Heydemann PRODUCTION COMPANY: Inland Film Company
Kaisa El Ramly
Kaisa El Ramly is a half Finnish, half Egyptian writer-director based in Helsinki, Finland. Her professional background is in both acting (BA from the Prague Theatre Academy, DAMU) and directing for the theatre, before changing her focus to film and doing her MA studies at the Finnish Film School (ELO). After her graduation in 2016, Kaisa won the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Talent prize for her debut feature film Getaways & Dreams, which will be ready in March 2023. She has written and directed radio plays, short films, is currently developing her own TV series and directing another one for YLE (Whatevergroup).