Stupid Young Heart

Berlinale Crystal Bear Winner and Finland's Oscar Entry 2019 STUPID YOUNG HEART is an edgy, warm, and raw drama about suburban teenagers who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right ideas begin to encroach on their multicultural neighbourhood.

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

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

Film available on Elisa Viihde and Viaplay.

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.

In cinemas in Finland 12.10.2018.

Stupid Young Heart is more than a teen romance. Vilhunen explores real hardships of the working-class, and her portrayal of teens is heartbreakingly authentic. Honkonen and Ristseppä give sensitive performances that will haunt you after the final scene. -Michelle Da Silva, Now Magazine


Toronto International Film Festival, 2018 Contemporary World Cinema
Berlin Film Festival, 2019 Generation 14plus - WINNER BEST FILM
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, 2019 Teen Arena Giffoni Film Festival 2019
Nordic Films Days Luebeck 2019 - WINNER Children's and Youth Film Award
Filem'On International Film Festival for Young Audiences - WINNER Filem'On Teen Screen Award 2019
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, GIFF Nordic Film Market, 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

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