Jussi Hiltunen | Finland 2015 | Fiction | 19 min
PC: Pohjola-Filmi. P: Elina Pohjola. D+SC: Jussi Hiltunen. DP: J-P Passi. S: Kössi Väntänen. ED: Jussi Hiltunen, Antti Reikko. M: Hisser.
Contact: Viivi Veivo, www.pohjolafilmi.fi
Ville Virtanen (Eikka), Rosa Salomaa (Saija), Linda Tuomenvirta (Laura), Jonna Järnefelt (Helmi).
Tampere Film Festival (TFF), National Competition 9
10+11 March, 2016, Plevna 5, 2
TFF: "Winterheart is a story of Eikka, a cab driver in his fifties, who has betrayed his family and is now losing the connection to his teenage daughter Laura. Eikka has been unfaithful to his wife, and Laura, as well as her mother, has a reason to hate Eikka for destroying their family. One night Eikka meets Saija, a girl same age as his daughter, who claims to have been raped. Eikka gives her a lift home, but can’t forget the tragic and sad girl. He’d like to help her more, not least because she happens to know Eikka’s daughter."
AA: A panting girl, Saija, enters a taxi on a bridge. "I have just been raped". The taxi driver Eikka (Ville Virtanen) hits the would-be rapist with a bat before he learns that Saija may be telling stories. Eikka himself has been thrown out of his home as he has been having an affair. He tries to connect with his daughter Laura who is of the same age, 18, as Saija. It does not end well. There is a psychological intensity in the story.