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.
STUPID YOUNG HEART is about the first love between the skinny and carefree Lenni and the gorgeous and popular Kiira. Not yet in a relationship, nor out of highschool, they discover that they are expecting a baby. Lenni has nine months to become a man. Having grown up without a father figure, Lenni finds longed-for adult attention and guidance from an unlikely friend Janne, a member of a right wing group that has recently moved into Lenni's diverse neighbourhood. After taking part in a scrambled attack on a local Mosque, while Kiira is rushed to the hospital to give birth, Lenni realises that he must learn to be a man in his own way, even though he never had a chance to be a child himself.
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
Kirsikka Saari and Elli Toivoniemi participated in the eQuinoxé workshop in 2013 with Stupid Young Heart.
The world premier in Torontonto International Film Festival in September 2018 https://www.tiff.net/tiff/stupid-young-heart/
In cinemas in Finland 12.10.2018 https://www.finnkino.fi/event/302748/title/h%C3%B6lm%C3%B6_nuori_syd%C3%A4n/
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 Magazines
Kokkola Film Fest 2018
Helsinki International Film Festival 2018
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
Der Neue Heimatfilm 2019
La Finlande en 3 films 2019
Pitched at: Finnish Film Affair, Stockholm Film Festival Industry Days Haugesund New Nordic Films, GIFF Nordic Film Market, Financing Forum for kids content Malmö
Jussi Award for Best Screenplay 2019
Crystal Bear for the Best Film in Generation 14plus, Berlinale 2019
The Best Pitch Award, Finnish Film Affair 2017
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