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2016, 100 min, Finland, Dir: Selma Vilhunen

Director Selma Vilhunen’s debut feature is an uplifting story about a young girl (newcomer Linnea Skog) who decides to track down her father after being disappointed by her immature mother (Finnish pop star Paula Vesala, in an affecting dramatic turn). Like its teenage heroine, the film tackles issues such as bullying, poverty and mental illness with considerable maturity and respect. Nominated for 10 Jussi Awards this year. “A tender-hearted coming-of-age story shot in a low-key, realist style.” - Alissa Simon, Variety.

2015, 93 min, Finland/Estonia/Germany, Dir: Klaus Härö

This touching 1950s-set drama about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through children who need him stars Märt Avandi as Endel Nelis, a young man who leaves Leningrad to escape the secret police. Arriving in Haapsalu, Estonia, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students, teaching them his great passion – fencing. But Endel is faced with a hard choice when the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad. In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles.

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