HE OVAT PAENNEET
Finland, The Netherlands 2015
The style of the film is expressionism, with a narrative style that changes according to the experiences of Raisa and Joni. They are children, and as they embark on the road to adulthood the film undergoes a change in style from a naivistic portrayal of young people to a dream-like, poetic narrative. The film is both an askew coming-of-age story and a fairy tale-like reflection of today’s Finland. Dreams, memories, hallucinations and reality move side by side, collide and finally melt into one another in the narrative.
Casting was a challenge. Since the main characters were 17 and 19, the actors would most likely be amateurs. We held an open casting call asking people to submit written applications with photos. We received over 400 applications, and chose 100 young people for auditions. Roosa Söderholm, who plays Raisa, had acted in a youth theatre group. Teppo, who plays Joni, is a plumber; he had acted once before in THE PAINTING SELLERS, a wonderful Cannes Cinefondation prize- winning film by Juho Kuosmanen. It was obvious that Roosa and Teppo had innate talent for acting, but it was the fearlessness with which they threw themselves into their roles that was the key.
I wanted to make a film that would be as rough, capricious, surprising and determined as its main characters, who are people who haven’t been ground in the mill of life yet. Instead, they still reach for the light. THEY HAVE ESCAPED is not a realistic film; it’s an optimistic one.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Written by : Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, Pilvi Peltola
Produced by : Aleksi Bardy
Director of Photography : Pietari Peltola
Editor : Mervi Junkkonen
Production Design : Markku Pätilä
Costume Design : Tiina Wilén
Composer : Helge Slikker
Sound Design : Micke Nyström
Main Cast : Roosa Söderholm (Raisa), Teppo Manner (Joni)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2015