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26/08/2014 h 14:00Perla
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28/08/2014 h 16:30Perla
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HE OVAT PAENNEET - THEY HAVE ESCAPED
by J-P Valkep
World premiere
Finland, The Netherlands, 2014, 100', color, DCP

screenplay J-P Valkeapää, Pilvi Peltola
cinematography Pietari Peltola
editing Mervi Junkkonen
music Helge Slikker
sound Micke Nyström
art direction Markku Pätilä
costumes Tiina Wilén
cast Roosa Söderholm (Raisa)
Teppo Manner (Joni), Pelle Heikkilä (Junnu)
Petteri Pennilä (director in youth center)

producer Aleksi Bardy
production Helsinki -filmi Oy
coproducers Raymond van der Kaiij, Dijana Olcay-Hot
coproduction Revolver Amsterdam

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A boy and a girl meet at a detention center for problematic youth. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civilian service. The girl is constantly in trouble, with a fire inside her and a lust for life that can't be quashed or controlled. The boy becomes infatuated with the girl. He is a quiet one, but there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment: the shackles can be broken. One day they steal a car and run away together. Thus begins one long escape, without end.
"The film is a cinematic fairy tale. The main characters embark on a journey overland, through the woods and across the waters. Towards their childhood, towards their dreams and towards their selfhoods. Banal landscapes, hallucinations, and dreams during both day and night make up the worlds of the film. All the worlds are equally real." [J-P Valkeapää]

When a subtle young man begins his career at a correctional institution for juvenile offenders, as an alternative to military service, a harsh confrontation is to be expected, but the director abandons this story right away. The young man meets a girl from the community home, a contemporary punk. The two outsiders are very different from "the rebels without a cause" of old. They are not Bonnie and Clyde types either. There is no defiance in them, just a constant quest. For what? Surely not freedom, for this they have in abundance. It's a quest for a trancelike state of mind, for a shamanic union with nature. This movie - simple and mysterious at the same time, full of gaps and sudden plot twists - recalls a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, revisited. It is a contemporary Hansel and Gretel story - equally bloody, but with a happy ending. [Tadeusz Sobolewski]

J-P VALKEAPÄÄ (1977, Porvoo, Finland) studied film directing at the Department of Film and Television of Helsinki's University of Art and Design. He has made two award-winning short films and numerous commercials, and has also worked as an editor, storyboard artist and graphic designer. In 2005 he was selected for Cannes' Residence du Festival program to develop the script for The Visitor, which would become his debut feature three years later, premiering at Venice Days in 2008. The Visitor won the Nordic Film Award at the Göteborg Film Festival in 2009.

2014 He ovat paenneet (They Have Escaped)
2008 Muukalainen (The Visitor)
2003 Keinu (The Fall, short)
2000 Silmät kiinni ilman käsiä (Eyes Closed Without Hands, short)



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