NAKED HARBOUR is a film about Finnish love in 2011. It is a story of people seeking love and approval at any cost. During one winter week all the characters in the film are faced with something irreversible. Sara and Lauri have a flaw in their equation, the shared life intended to be perfect is in a crisis. Milla thinks she has found a supporter and the way to stardom, but the truth is different. Pertti tries to whip himself and his son into shape, but the result is a catastrophe. Walt is pushed to the extreme by his bullies. Aleksi’s mother doesn’t understand what their dog means to her son. American Robert gets to experience Finnish winter and Marika has to face her fears alone with her little daughter. All the characters in the film are imperfect, weak and lost but they are driven by the same need to be loved, seen and touched. People don’t see eye to eye and may hurt each other, but in the background hope resides.

Director's Statement

VUOSAARI is a film about how difficult it is to love, about relationships where love leaves a scar.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aku Louhimies

Written by: Aku Louhimies, Mikko Kouki, Niina Repo

Produced by: Pauli Pentti, Liisa Penttilä

Cinematography: Tuomo Hutri

Editing: Benjamin Mercer

Production Design: Sattva-Hanna Toiviainen

Cast: Jasper Pääkkönen (Anders), Alma Pöysti (Marika), Laura Birn (Iiris), Sean Pertwee (Robert), Mikko Kouki (Pertti), Pekka Strang (Lauri), Lenna Kuurmaa (Viivi), Metleena Kuusniemi (Sara), Deogracias Masomi (Make), Amanda Pilke (Milla)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2012