Toivola / Heart of the Land
A couple runs a small dairy farm somewhere in the heart of the Finnish countryside. The work of generations will soon come to its end, as their retirement is approaching and there’s no one left to continue the family tradition. But for one last year everything continues the same; the seasons change, and the days are filled with labor. A film about love for the land, the richness of everyday life, and the sadness of letting go.
Directed & Produced by KAISA ASTIKAINEN Written by NINA IJÄS, KAISA ASTIKAINEN Cinematography MARKUS TYNSKÄ Editing by NINA IJÄS Sound Design TUUKKA NIKKILÄ Music by PAAVO MALMBERG Graphic Design MIIKKA POUTIAINEN
UPCOMING: American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs), Palm Springs, USA, 31.3.-5.4.
UPCOMING: Hot Docs - Canadian International Film Festival, Canada, 27.4.-7.5.
Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 26.1.2016 (Finnish premiere)
Tampere Film Festival, Finland. 11.3., 12.3.2016, national competition. WON award for Best Student Film.
Cannes Short Film Corner -participant, May 2016.
Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival, Finland. 20.8.2016
Espoo Ciné, Finland. 21.8., 24.8.2016
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark. 29.8., 30.8., 1.9.2016, in competition.
Nordisk Panorama, Sweden. 17.9., 19.9, in competition: Best Nordic Short Film
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, UK. 21.9., in competition
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany, 2.11., 3.11.2016.
Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), Vietnam, 2.11., 3.11.2016 in competition. WON Jury Award for short film.
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm -und Videofest, Germany. 19.11.2016.
UK Film Festival, UK. in competition: Best Documentary Short. 25.11.2016. WON award for Best Short Documentary.
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