We’ve been seen! The future of Finnish cinema on display at Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Berlin Film Festivals, Oscars — Finnish cinema is being recognised in the world's most important arenas. The new filmmakers are diverse, personal and fresh. There is a generational change underway and with it a major cultural shift.
Aalto University's Department of Film ELO is a major player in the Finnish film and audiovisual industry, being the only one in Finland to offer university-level film studies. A large proportion of current and future film and TV drama makers are studying or have studied at ELO.
The works of currently active and future filmmakers can be seen at Oodi library, in Aalto University's "We’ve been seen!" short film event. Five ELO student films will be screened non-stop between 5 - 25 September. You can just turn up and sit down to enjoy.
Helsinki Central Library Oodi opening hours:
Aalto University's short films in Oodi library
Roadmarkers, 2008, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, 19 min.
Third place in the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Competition 2008
Early student work by the celebrated and award-winning director. The film deals with the difficulty of forgiveness in Finnish culture, new beginnings and hope.
Director: Juho Kuosmanen, Script: Paula Mononen, Producer: Toni Panula, Cinematographer: Mika Vartiainen, Sound: Pietu Korhonen, Editing: Maria Palavamäki, Set design: Iina-Maija Koskinen, Cast: Elina Hietala, Mikko Pörhölä, Jami Hyttinen
Goodbye Tornio, 2021, directed by Emilia Hernesniemi 19 min.
The film is the first Jussi Award-winning student work. Goodbye Tornio won the Jussi Award for Best Short Film of 2021.
A sensitive documentary short film about what it's like to go out into the big world and try your own wings.
Director & script: Emilia Hernesniemi, Producer: Eveliina Mauno, Cinematography: Iiris Heikka, Sound: Saku Anttila, Editing: Maija Karhula, Composer: Rolf Gustavson, Main cast: Vilma Tihinen
All My Mom's Phone Calls, 2021, directed by Iiti Yli-Harja, 10 min.
An animation about an everyday woman who is responsible for her own life. How chaotic can it feel during busy years to support your children, parents and relatives by phone in matters big and small?
Director, script, producer, cinematography, set & costume design, animation: Iiti Yli-Harja, Sound: Ville-Matti Koskiniemi, Editing: Lyydia Mäkipää, Composer: Pietu Arvola & Ville-Matti Koskiniemi, Cast: Maija, Rai, Alli, Jukka, Iiti, Paula Roine, Sonja Järvisalo, Mari-Sohvi Miettinen, Jere Leinonen, Veera Tapper
Nesting, 2020, directed by Siiri Halko 20 min.
Veikka, who moves from a construction site in a small town to work in Helsinki, thinks that goodbyes will be a casual affair. But when a baby is found in a crane, the farewell turns into an absurd situation.
Director: Siiri Halko, Script: Petra Koivula, Producer: Aino Niemi, Cinematography: Ari Virem, Sound: Ossi Oikari, Editing: Saara Välimäki, Set design: Aki Tarkka, Costume design: Aurora Frestadius, Composer: Emil Sana, Cast: Mikko Kauppila, Sami Lanki, Samuli Jaskio, Tuire Tuomisto
Mother's Wrath, 2021, directed by Tuuli Sirkeinen 16 min.
A short film about a perpetually angry Tiina who hides her anger to be a good mother to her child. The family holiday mood tightens when teenager Amanda wants to take steps towards adulthood.
Director: Tuuli Sirkeinen, Script: Mikko Peltotupa, Producer: Janne Lähteenmäki, Cinematography: Mikael Nieminen, Sound: Saku Anttila, Editing: Maija Karhula, Set design: Ruut Mantila, Matti Maalismaa, Costume design: Meri Craig, Suvi Kajas, Composer: Karin Mäkiranta, Cast: Noora Dadu, Elea Susipolku, Miiko Toiviainen, Sonja Kuittinen
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Curating and coordination: Outi Turpeinen
Graphic design: Fanni Perälä
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