Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


Student Selection: New Visions

Goodbye Tornio
dir. Emilia Hernesniemi

Vilma is spending her final day up north, in her hometown of Tornio, celebrating her high school graduation. At the party, feelings of joy as well as the sorrow of parting bubble up. Slightly sheepishly, she listens as others advise her on the future and remember their own youthful memories.

In her documentary, Emilia Hernesniemi manages to convey the conflicting emotions of a young person leaving home: the freedom and the exciting wait for something new mixing up with others’ tears and coming longings. The only certain thing is the departure. Something new is waiting in the south, in Helsinki.

Iisa Arvelin (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Queen of the Station
dir. Senni Lätti

Sari loves movies, lives in the Helsinki Central Station, and keeps her belongings in a luggage cart. Sometimes she sleeps in a hotel and washes her laundry in the sink. The COVID-19 pandemic took away one of her regular places to stay, cruise ships to Sweden.

Sari has lived in the station for years. The pandemic brought her new neighbours and restlessness. The short film follows Sari’s life up close, without explanations or pity. As she says, situations don’t always go as you would’ve liked.

Laura Manninen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

The Land that Rises and Descends
dir. Moona Pennanen

According to folk tales, a world of good and evil spirits is hidden in nature. But where are the spirits hiding, and from what? Apparently, they moved around on Shrove Tuesday. To celebrate tradition, figures dressed in scary costumes form a procession. To scare the spirits?

A wide and unpredictable sea. Countless islands. Rocky beaches. Gentle and ferocious winds. The rough changes of the seasons. The rising of the land. These elements form the Kvarken Archipelago, a Unesco World Heritage site – and the world of spirits.

Marita Nyrhinen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

All My Mom’s Phone Calls
dir. Iiti Yli-Harja

What do our phone calls say about us? Iiti Yli-Harja has documented her mother’s phone calls, which by themselves form a colourful depiction of the mother’s eventful life. Around them, Yli-Harja has built an exhilarating animated world. The visual details of the animation heighten the emotional twists and the growing sense of chaos in the phone calls, while at the same time delighting with their innovations. The documentary is a warm look at a mother facing obstacles, both everyday and absurd.

Iisa Arvelin (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Language: Finnish, Swedish
Subtitles: English
Length: 60 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2021, 2022
Production Country: Finland