Stupid Young Heart

Berlinale Crystal Bear Winner and Finland's Oscar Entry 2019

Kiira is pretty, popular, the lead on the high school dance team, and long-time crush of goofy, scrawny Lenni. When Kiira discovers she's pregnant, she and Lenni decide to keep the baby, even though they are just kids themselves. In pursuit of manhood and fatherhood, Lenni finds himself drawn into a right-wing extremist group where he’s forced to confront contemporary connections between nationalism, race, and masculinity.

A feature film. Duration 102 minutes. Premiere 9/2018.

Screenplay Kirsikka Saari Directing Selma Vilhunen Director of Photography Lisabi Fridell Editors Michal Leszczylowski sfk, Yva Fabricius sfk Production Design Eva Torsvall Costume Design Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila Make-up Design Kaisu Hölttä Production Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt / Tuffi Films Co-producers Annemiek van der Hell / Windmill Film, Nima Yousefi / Hobab

Main cast Jere Ristseppä, Rosa Honkonen, Pihla Viitala, Ville Haapasalo, Abshir Sheikh Nur

International sales The Yellow Affair Contact: Karoliina Dwyer, CEO- Sales & Acquisitions, & Steven Bestwick, Head of the sales,

The project has received funding from the MEDIA programme of Creative Europe.

Kirsikka Saari and Elli Toivoniemi participated in the eQuinoxé workshop in 2013 with Stupid Young Heart.

The world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.


Toronto International Film Festival, 2018 Contemporary World Cinema
Berlin Film Festival, Generation 14plus, 2019
Portland International Film Festival, 2019
Febiofest Prague, 2019
Pula Film Festival, 2019
Sydney Film Festival, 2019
BIKY (Busan International Kids & Youth) Festival, 2019
Moscow International Film Festival, 2019
Sarajevo Film Festival, Teen Arena, 2019
Giffoni Film Festival, 2019
Nordic Films Days Luebeck 2019
Filem'On International Film Festival for Young Audiences
Der Neue Heimatfilm, 2019
La Finlande en 3 films, 2019
Kokkolan kinojuhlat, 2018
Rakkautta & Anarkiaa, 2018

Pitched at

Finnish Film Affair
Stockholm Film Festival Industry Days
Haugesund New Nordic Films
Nordic Film Market, Göteborg Film Festival
Financing Forum for kids content Malmö


Crystal Bear for the Best Film in Generation 14plus, Berlinale 2019
Jussi Award for Best Screenplay 2019
Children's and Youth Film Award, Nordic Films Days Luebeck
Filem'On Teen Screen Award, Filem'On International Film Festival for Young Audiences
The Best Pitch Award, Finnish Film Affair 2017