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March Nordic Film Series screening to feature biographical film

February 28, 2018

A movie based on the childhood experiences of its Finnish director is the March selection for the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series.

“Above Dark Waters” will show at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the Heritage Center’s Wiljanen Community Hall, located on the Finlandia University campus. The screenings are open to the public; donations are greatly appreciated.

Directed by Peter Franzen, the film is based on his autobiographical novel of the same title. In the 1970s, in Lapland, young Pete is just about to start school, and fear is lurking in the corners of his mind. Pete’s mother, Eeva, tries her best to protect her children from Pete’s stepfather’s violent, alcoholic tendencies, but she is ashamed to acknowledge her failure in her relationship. To break the relationship would be considered shameful, especially in the small village the family calls home.

This 2013 release was nominated for several awards, including “Best Film” and “Best European Debut,” and the actress portraying the mother earned a Best Supporting Actress honor.

The film is about two hours long, and is in Finnish with English subtitles. Given the subject matter portrayed, viewers are cautioned that the film might not be suitable for younger or sensitive audiences.

For more information, call the Finnish American Heritage Center at (906) 487-7347.

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