Stupid Young Heart, directed by Selma Vilhunen, has been awarded with Crystal Bear for the best Film in Berlinale Generation 14plus.
Stupid Young Heart is an edgy and warm drama about suburban teenagers, who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right wing ideas enter their multicultural neighbourhood. The script is written by Kirsikka Saari.
The lead parts of the film are played by Rosa Honkonen and Jere Ristseppä. Other acting talent includes Ville Haapasalo, Pihla Viitala, Katja Küttner and Abshir Sheikh Nur.
Film is produced for Tuffi Films by Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt. The international co-producers for the film are Annemiek van der Hell / Windmill Film (Netherlands) and Nima Yousefi / Hobab (Sweden).
This year, a total of 62 films from 37 different countries were presented in the Generation section. The section features films for young audiences.
Tuffi Films production, the feature film Stupid Young Heart directed by Selma Vilhunen has been nominated for the prize for Best Film of 2018.
Altogether the film will be competing in six different categories:
Best Film - producers Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt
Best Director - Selma Vilhunen
Best Screenplay - Kirsikka Saari
Best Production Design - Eva Torsvall
Best Costume Design - Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Kaisu Hölttä
The Finnish Jussi Awards ceremony will be held on the 22th of March. The award is one of the oldest films awards in Europe.
Stupid Young Heart, produced by Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi for Tuffi Films, has been selected to Berlinale’s Generation 14plus competition. The section features films for young audiences.
Stupid Young Heart is a naturalistic drama about two teenagers Kiira and Lenni (Rosa Honkonen and Jere Ristseppä) in the suburbs of Helsinki who suddenly find themselves expecting a baby. The situation becomes even more complicated as Lenni is drawn to a gang of right-wing extremists of his neighborhood.
Both Vilhunen and Saari are happy that the film is shown in Generation which typically gathers large audiences of teenagers. The film premiered in Finland in October and has gained over 65,000 admissions already.
Selma Vilhunen is known for her Oscar nominated short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012), Nordic Council Film Prize winning debut feature Little Wing (2016), and EFA Young Audience Award nominated documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution (2017).
The Finnish Film Foundation has granted a production support for Metoo film which is part of the One-off Incident Film Project. Metoo a multiplot feature film combining stories of six different women and showing how community protects itself against the ones claiming their rights.
The film is directed by Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Miia Tervo ja Jenni Toivoniemi. The premiere is set for the fall 2019.
The film is co-produced by [sic] film (Sweden). One of the [sic] film’s latest short films, The Turk Shop premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year.
One-off Incident discloses and deconstructs the invisible exercise of power towards women, in private lives as well as in the society.
Never Again documentary film, directed by Aino Suni, has its premiere on the 28th of September, at the Helsinki International Film Festival.
On the same day starts the Never Again -campaign directed to especially young women who have experienced violence in their relationships. The campaign tours in the cities of Finland and includes screenings of the Never Again film, concerts, workshops and discussion panels. The goal of the campaign is to help young women recognize the violence in their relationships, and give them the tools to find help.
Selma Vilhunen's film Stupid Young Heart will premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
When carefree, young Lenni and his girlfriend find themselves expecting a child, he ends up looking for a role model in all the wrong places as he becomes involved with local right-wing activists.
Cast: Jere Ristseppä, Rosa Honkonen, Pihla Viitala, Ville Haapasalo, Katja Küttner. Script by Kirsikka Saari, producers Elli Toivoniemi & Venla Hellstedt.