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Director: Miia Tervo
FI 2019106' fi, fa, en

One night, a commitment-phobic Lapland’s party animal, Aurora, meets Iranian Darian. He needs to marry a Finnish woman to get an asylum for himself and his daughter. Aurora turns him down, as she plans to move to Norway, away from her shit life. However, agrees to help him. Darian is running from death and Aurora is running from love. 

This is the talented director’s debut feature film – a dark and melancholic romantic comedy that shows the inner reality of a young woman in the arctic ghetto coping with inherited barriers against love and life. Fragile moments of hopeless situations. Miia Tervo wanted her characters to be free – free to be arseholes, free to be ugly, beautiful, loving, addicted or politically incorrect. Just let them be.

Curator's point of view: Following the tradition of Aki Kaurismäki films, Miia Tervo also confirms – Finns are able to treat the topical subject of asylum seekers with compassion and humour.