HARU, THE ISLAND OF THE SOLITARY (15)
Wednesday 23rd November, 8:00pm, Side Cinema
Tove Jansson, creator of The Moomin books, and her graphic artist girlfriend Tuulikki Pietilä spent twenty-five summers on the small island of Klovharu in the Gulf of Finland. This poetic, lyrical documentary has been created by veteran Finnish film-maker Kanerva Cederstrom from 20 hours of Super 8 footage shot by Tuulikki. The candid and revealing commentary, written by Tove, invites us into their intimate summer world of small rituals and a real love of the land.
Directors: Kanerva Cederström and Riikka Tanner / Documentary
THE CRAWL (15)
This is an absolute stunning visual delight created by a Finnish production team who has developed groundbreaking technology especially designed for filming underwater. Telling the story of a competitive swimmer called Sirja Luomaniemi who dreams of racing the world’s fastest female swimmer, it’s a fascinating look into the relationship between the swimmer and the water.
Director: PV Lehtainen / Drama / Finnish with English subtitles