PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

The Wait

Local title
Ootus
Title in Russian
Ожидание
Original title
Odotus
Director
Aku Louhimies
Country
Finland
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Official Selection
Genre
drama

Productive and internationally renowned Finnish director Aku Louhimies (“Restless”, “Frozen Land”, “The Unknown Soldier” and many others), who filmed his spy thriller “Omerta 6/12” in Estonia last year, has in the conditions of the corona crisis decided to approach filmmaking as an environmentally aware pioneer by making the first Finnish film where carbon emissions have been minimised, using a minimal film crew in terms of both actors and technical specialists and making vegetarian meals from local produce. The author of the idea for the film, co-screenwriter and leading actress Inka Kallén also conducted yoga classes every morning and baked cookies for the film crew every day.

The film is inspired by Finnish writer Juhani Aho’s novel "The Vicar’s Wife", with the events brought to today’s world. Women still have to ask themselves today: do I dare to be utterly honest with myself? In a tense love triangle, a woman is guided to liberating truth by her sexuality, at once raw and spiritual, careless and gentle.

Dagmar Raudam

Director
Aku Louhimies
Screenwriter
Inka Kallén, Aku Louhimies
Cast
Inka Kallén, Aku Hirviniemi, Andrei Alén, Adeliina Arajuuri
Producer
Andrei Alén, Kaarina Gould, Aku Louhimies
DoP
Johan Wasicki
Editor
Ben Mercer
Music
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Production
Backmann & Hoderoff
Runtime
Language
Finnish
Subtitles
English, Estonian
Director
Aku Louhimies

Aku Louhimies (snd 1968) lõpetas Helsingi Ülikooli ning astus siis Kunsti- ja Disainikooli filmi ja televisiooni õppima. Enne oma esimest täispikka mängufilmi „Rahutud“, mis linastus ka 2000. a PÖFFil, lavastas ta mitmeid dokfilme ja telesarju. 2002. a valminud „Kuuvalgel“ viis lavastaja Soome edukaimate filmitegijate hulka. Tema kolmas film, 2005. a festivalidel (sh ka PÖFFil) ringelnud „Paha maa“ tegi puhta töö kodumaiste filmiauhindade Jusside jagamisel, võites 8 olulisemat auhinda. Louhimiehe film „Lahtikistud mees“ osales PÖFFi võistlusprogrammis 2006. aastal. 2017 linastunud „Tundmatu sõdur“ oli üks Soome enimvaadatuim film ja linastus samuti PÖFFil. „Ootus“ on Louhimehe kümnes täispikk film. Novembris jõuab kinolinadele ka tema osaliselt Eestis valminud 11. film „Omerta 6/12“.

Levottomat (Rahutud, PÖFF 2000), Kuutamolla (Kuuvalgel, PÖFF 2002), Paha maa (PÖFF 2005), Valkoinen kaupunki (Jäine linn, 2006), Riisuttu mies (Lahtikistud mees, PÖFF 2006), Käsky (Tears of April, 2008), Vuosaari (Naked Harbour, 2012), 8-pallo (8-pall, PÖFF 2013), Tuntematon sotilas (Tundmatu sõdur, PÖFF 2017), Odotus (The Wait, 2021), Omerta 6/12 (2021)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening150101 / Ootus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsInka Kallen - Screenwriter, Actress, Aku Louhimies - Director, Andrei Alén- Actor
Q&A duration
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Hall Athena Center
Screening162103 / Ootus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening171505 / Ootus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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