• youth ,
  • Documentary films, over 30 min
2024 | 81 min

Hard to Break


In their quest for connection and acceptance among their peers, two Finnish teens suddenly find themselves entangled in the world of addiction and violence. As the light-hearted days of youth fade, they are faced with the harsh realities of adulthood.

World premiere: CPH:DOX Nordic Competition 2024

DIRECTORS: Anna-Maija Heinonen, Krista Moisio
SCRIPTWRITERS: Anna-Maija Heinonen, Krista Moisio
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Antti Savolainen, Krista Moisio
SOUND: Toni Teivaala
EDITING: Mikko Sippola F.C.E.
PRODUCER: Oskar Forstén


Anna-Maija Heinonen

Anna-Maija Heinonen (b. 1993) is a Helsinki-based documentarian and producer. Since 2016, she has worked in a production company called Polygraf as a production manager and producer. Heinonen was a producer on the Finnish Jussi Award-winning short doc Star-Shaped Scar, associate producer on the feature doc The Hypnotist and short doc Armageddon in the Livingroom. Hard to Break is her directorial debut.

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Krista Moisio

Krista Moisio (b. 1992) is a Helsinki-based documentarian. She received her Bachelor of Culture and Arts from the Metropolia UAS in 2018. Since then, she has worked in production company Polygraf as a production manager and line producer. Moisio was a production manager on the feature doc Rogue Reporter and line producer on doc series Change. Hard to Break is her directorial debut.

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Anni Asikainen

Advisor / International Promotion and Cultural Export of Documentary Films

• deputy starting Jan 8, 2024
• festival distribution strategy for documentary films
• travel, project and material and marketing support for documentary films

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