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Finnlandia

Finnlandia

After the tragic loss of her husband, a young woman reconstructs the circumstances which caused his death. During this attempt to find her own way in daily life again, more and more recollections and occurrences appear on the surface, seemingly to foresee a tragic end. Looking back, events appear to her like signs, chance meetings like disregarded warnings. On her search for meaning between yesterday and tomorrow, reality seems to split like a labyrinth, like an awakening after a nightmare, with no way out.


Eleni Ampelakiotou was born in Athens/Greece in 1959 and moved with her family in 1962. From 1977 onwards, she studied Philosophy and German in Heidelberg and Berlin. In 1990, she began studying at the German Academy of Television and Film in Berlin (dffb). Since 1988, she has collaborated with Gregor Schnitzler to make several short films, including: Should I Kill The Snare (1989), Das Fenster (1990), Ellipse 01/Plus Minus Null (1991), Sonntage (1993) and Der Atem der Steine (1995). Finnlandia (2000) is the first full length feature they have made together.

Gregor Schnitzler was born in 1964 in Berlin. During his studies of Communication Design, he worked as a set photographer. Together with Eleni Ampelakiotou, he directed the shorts DAS FENSTER (1991) and SONNTAGE (1992) and the feature FINNLANDIA (1999). His other films include: the episodes UNTERNEHMEN FEUERTAUFE and TÖDLICHER WINDfrom the T.E.A.M. BERLIN series, GEFÄHRLICHE VATERSCHAFT from the BALKO series, and the features WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE? (WAS TUN, WENN’S BRENNT?, 2001), SOLO ALBUM (SOLOALBUM, 2003), THE CLOUD (DIE WOLKE, 2006), RESTURLAUB (2011), and GAMING INSTINCT (SPIELTRIEB, 2013), as well as over 65 music videos and commercials.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Directors Eleni Ampelakiotou, Gregor Schnitzler
Screenplay Eleni Ampelakiotou, Karl-Heinz Zubrod
Cinematography Ali Olcay Gözkaya
Eleni Ampelakiotou, Gregor Schnitzler
Wilhelm Stegmeier
Cast Erdal Yildiz, Caroline Baehr, Marc Hosemann
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin, in co-production with ARTE, WDR, HR/Frankfurt, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 118 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Stereo
With backing from Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern