Above Dark Waters

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Above Dark Waters
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Finland, 2013, 108 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topic: Coming of Age
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles

Told through the eyes of a sensitive young boy, this tragicomedy tells a touching story about growing up in southwestern Lapland in the 1970s.

The child trusts his parents unconditionally, admires their wisdom and experience, and is full of hope and faith in the future. But the boy starts to hear noises at night; arguments and crying. His abusive-when-drunk policeman father disappears; his pretty mother takes the boy and his sister to her parents' house.

The maternal grandparents play a big part in the life of the family, maintaining a reassuring (and sometimes surreal) normality for the children. Above Dark Waters is based on the debut director’s own autobiographical novel.

Peter Franzén, one of Finland’s best-known actors (and a visitor to PSIFF last year with "Purge" and "The Road North"), captures the worldview of a child with acute detail – and as much as possible filmed in the very places where he grew up. The narrative consists of small observations and eventually evolves to a great drama where childhood is no longer what it was supposed to be.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Actor

DIRECTOR: Peter Franzén
Producer: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin
Editor: Kimmo Taavila
Screenwriter: Peter Franzén
Cinematographer: Pini Hellstedt
Music: Janne Lappalainen
Principal Cast: Olavi Angervo, Samuli Edelmann, Matleena Kuusniemi, Ismo Kallio, Marja Packalén, Peter Franzén
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Finnish Film Foundation

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