Baltic premiere

Heartbeast

Local title
Hingeloom
Director
Aino Suni
Country
France, Finland, Germany
Year
2022
Festival
22nd Youth and Children's Film Festival
Programme
Youth Programme
Subject
love, drugs, music

Elina, a 17 year-old aspiring rapper, is forced to leave her homeland of Finland when her mother decides to join her boyfriend in the South of France. Elina is immediately fascinated by her new step-sister, Sofia, a very charismatic ballerina who leads a double life of parties, boys, and drugs. But this apparent friendship quickly turns into obsession and a game of power with dramatic consequences...

Director
Aino Suni
Cast
Carmen Kassovitz, Elsi Sloan, Adel Bencherif, Camille, Chilla, Lucille Guillaume
Producer
Sébastien Aubert, Leslie Jacob, Frauke Kolbmüller, Ilona Tolmunen
DoP
Kerttu Hakkarainen
Production designer
Mathilde Ferry
Editor
Ville Hakonen, Thibault Hague
Writer
Aino Suni
Music
Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Production
Adastra Films, Made, Oma Inge Film
World sales
Kinology
Runtime
Language
Finnish, French
Subtitles
English
Director
Aino Suni

Aino Suni is a Helsinki-based director and screenwriter who goes both ways - she directs both fiction as well as documentaries. Suni graduated in 2014 as Master in Film Screenwriting from the University of Salford, UK. Suni's debut fiction feature "Heartbeast" premieres in 2022. The story of Elina, an aspiring rapper who falls desperately in love with her step-sister, is an unique co-production between France, Finland and Germany. Suni's intimate documentary feature "Never Again" about a young Finnish rapper Mercedes Bentso and her empowering journey to recovery was a big hit on YLE (Finnish National Broadcasting Company) in 2019. Likewise, Suni’s documentary series "Pussy Diaries" about female sexual emancipation still sparks coversation, even two years after its broadcast. On top of features Suni directs short films, music videos, commercial films and dabbles with photography - she has a soft spot for everything bravely visual and a tad bit dark. She values open-hearted collaboration and while directing, she wants to create a safe space for artistic freedom based on mutual respect.

Filmography
Never Again (2018, doc), Heartbeast (2022)

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Screenings

7th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening040503 / Hingeloom
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
2nd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening071102 / Hingeloom
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
2nd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening141102 / Hingeloom
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
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