The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)
Finnish Film Award nomination: Best Score (2009)
Finnish Film Award for Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor
Official Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 81st Academy Awards
Juhani, 14 years old and tormented by a childhood trauma, has changed several foster parents from the age of eight. He is taken to an island, where there is a boys' home, run by a strict superintendent, Olavi Harjula. When Harjula is advised that funding will stop for his school due to his harsh methods, he decides to start a silkworm project for self-funding. All the boys agree to stay and help him, apart from Juhani, who expects to go back to his family that wants him back.
Finnish Film Award for Sound Design, Costume Design and Set Design
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.
Hella W (2011)
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Finnish Film Award for Art Direction, Costume Design
A biopic about Hella Wuolijoki, Finland's most complex and widely talented woman of influence. The drama-thriller recounts the true story of the internationally acclaimed businesswoman, playwright and politician, who is determined to leave her mark on the European psyche in the most defining decades of European history – 1920s to 1940s.
Dawn of the Dragonslayer (2011)
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
When Will's father is killed by a dragon, he embarks on an epic journey filled by vengeance that leads him to an ancestral home which he stays at and works for the tyrannical Sterling in order to learn how to slay the beast. While he is training, he befriends Sterling's daughter Kate, and Sterling becomes increasingly suspicious of and threatened by Will. He orders his men to kill him but Will escapes. Now Will must evade Sterling's men whilst trying to avenge his father.
Tale of a Forest (2012)
Genre: Nature documentary
IFMCA Award: Best Documentary Score (2012)
A documentary that unveils the primeval forests of Northern Finland, some of Europe's sole remaining, old-growth forests. The main characters of the film are the various inhabitants of the forest: the bears and the elk, the snakes and the owls, the ants, the frogs and the flying squirrels, the ancient soul birds such as the Siberian Jay, the Lapland Owl and many, many others.
I Won't Come Back (2014)
A young woman who grew up in orphanage is longing to be loved, but does not have it in her to love others. Her teenage looks help her while falsely accused of committing a crime to hide in a orphanage without arousing any suspicion. There, she meets a 13 years old homeless person like herself, Kristina, and together they set out on a long journey to a small town in Kazakhstan, where Kristina's grandmother lives.
Moomins on the Riviera (2014)
Genre: Animation / Comedy / Family
The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My, in search of adventures of their own, set sail for the Riviera, where, after a journey fraught with menacing storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy’s sting is the most painful of all.
When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses.
For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened.
The Island of Secrets (2014)
Genre: Adventure / Family
It was supposed to be an ordinary vacation on a sunny Greek island, but now Toni has to save the beautiful local girl Adriana from the kidnappers that took her. When he finds out no one can be trusted, Toni reluctantly enlists the help of his stepbrothers.
The vacation for the three boys becomes a lot more extreme than usual, full of chases, disguises, thefts and dangerous situations. In the ancient scenery of the magical islands, on the hot beaches, small mountain roads and on the waves of the Mediterranean, the adventurers risk their lives while rushing from one dangerous situation into another.
The Find (2015)
Summary: Learn to forgive others, and get forgiveness to yourself. In the forgotten taiga village lives a gloomy and unsociable Trofim Rusanov, senior fishing inspector. He is used to the fact that each day is filled with routine. But one day, on his usual round through the woods, Trofim faces a shocking discovery. He finds a baby in an abandoned forest house. For several days he wanders around the severe uninhabited taiga, fighting both for his life and the life of the little child. Finally, Trofim finds the way home... He wants to find a woman who left a baby in the forest. It takes for him a superhuman effort to find the baby's mother. But this long quest leads him to another, completely different find.
Tale of a Lake (2016)
Genre: Nature documentary
Jussi Award: Best Music (2017)
IFMCA Award: Best Original Score for a Documentary (2017)
Writer/director/producer Marko Röhr and editor/director Kim Saarniluoto return with another breathtaking overview of Finland's natural beauties. The film focuses on the world of rivers and the thousands of lakes of Finland with stories ranging from birds, fish and their spawn, to the lives of critically endangered seal pups. Featuring the narration of Samuli Edelmann and Jonathan Hutchings in the Finnish and English versions respectively, and Johanna Kurkela as the voice of the mystical water spirit, Ahitar, Tale of a Lake is as much of an emotional journey and breathtaking travelogue as its predecessor, Tale of A Forest, was.
Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent. As the years passed and the case grew cold, the unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, a creepy campfire story passed from generation to generation.
Now, a group of teenagers arrives at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, turns out not all of them are there to play.
Tonight... it's girls against boys. Let the killing games begin.
Genre: Family / Adventure
Rolli and little elf girl Juniper along with the rest of the rollis and other strange creatures lead peaceful and rollishly fun lives in their flourishing Rolli Village. One day they hear incredible news from Malcolm the Maggot: somewhere far away, beyond mountains, forests and the sea, lies a place called The Beginning of All Time. Rolli and little girl Juniper decide to find out the secret route to The Beginning of All Time. They are in for the greatest adventure of their lives. This demands resourcefulness, defiance, courage and open minds.
An Autobiography (2016)
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Anja is a woman who knows everything about cars but nothing of herself.
Two days before her retirement Anja makes a decision: She will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall deep under the ground, a place where she has worked for 45 years like a queen bee nursing cars and the men around her. But when the boss upstairs sends a young trainee down who is ready to replace her, Anja is forced to face the fact – her life as she knows is coming to an end.
There is not a single flaw Anja wouldn’t detect when it comes to cars but now Anja herself falls apart in a scale no one has ever experienced before. While the men celebrate the world championship of ice hockey, Anja ends up hiding alone in a ski box at the bottom of the darkest grease pit.
When the morning of her very last working day rises, Anja gets an unexpected invitation. She makes a journey upstairs to meet her biggest enemy. In front of the mighty boss Anja gets a second chance. She sees the world outside and her own existence in a new, wider perspective.
Super Furball (2018)
Genre: Family / Fantasy
Emilia (Ella Jäppinen) is a divorce kid from East Helsinki. She goes to school, lives with her Mom (Essi Hellén) and sometimes her Dad (Eero Ritala), and her life couldn’t be more ordinary. But one day, Emilia’s pet hamster bites her finger. Emilia gets a secret superpower to transform into Super Furball, who can fly and solve problems with her superpowers. At the same time, the herrings in the nearby Baltic Sea bay are screaming for help. Poisoned water has made them irate, and they’re threatening the peace and quiet in all of East Helsinki. As the Super Furball, Emilia takes on to salvage the situation and finds ways to be more courageous in her own life.
Super Furball is a story of courage, friendship, being different, environmental issues and the wonderful things mundane life can throw at you. The movie is freely based on Paula Noronen‘s children’s books.