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, 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