by Selma Vilhunen
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
Varpu, a 12-year-old girl, has no father and her mother acts rather like a younger sister. Her childhood turned into adulthood by force. One night, she has enough of her riding buddies, of her mother, of making up stories at each question about her father. Varpu has a stolen car and her father’s name. She decides to drive up north to reach a place where unexpected truth unravels. An ultimate burden will change forever the lives of Varpu, her mother and her father.
SELMA VILHUNEN is a director and screenwriter. She has written and directed two fiction films and four documentaries, all of which have gained recognition and awards. Her collaboration with screenwriter Kirsikka Saari resulted to the international festival hit Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012) which was nominated for an Oscar® in 2014. “Little Wing” is Vilhunen’s debut feature film.
Director, screenwriter: Selma Vilhunen
Producers: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
Production: Making Movies – Nordberg & Aho Oy
Cinematographer: Tuomo Hutri
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Sound designer: Tuomas Klaavo
Set designer: Sattva-Hanna Toiviainen
Music: Jori Sjögroos, Paula Vesala
Winner of Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at RiverRun FF!
Winner of Best Leading Actress Jussi Award for Linnea Skog!
Winner of BUFF Nordic Star Award for Linnea Skog!
Nominated for City of Malmö Children’s film Award and ECFA Award at BUFF!
Golden Camera Taodue Award for best first or second feature at the Rome Film Fest (Alice nella Città)!
Nominated for 10 Jussi Awards!
World Premiere at the Toronto IFF!
US Premiere at the Palm Springs IFF!
Official Selection at Braunschweig IFF, Les Arcs European FF, Santa Barbara IFF, Göteborg IFF, Aswan International Women FF, Stockholm Feminist FF, Kosmorama Trondheim FF, RiverRun IFF, Sguardi Altrove International Women’s FF, Finnish FF Russia, Cleveland IFF, Wisconsin FF, Women+Film Festival, TIFF Kids, Minneapolis St. Paul FF, Northern Lights Nordic FF and Kristiansand Barnefilmfestivalen!
Original Title: Tyttö nimeltä Varpu / Colour / 100 min / Finnish with English subtitles / Finland & Denmark 2016
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