“A year ago I realized that a big change had taken place in Finland. There’s xenophobia and a lot of people who feel that they haven’t gotten what politicians have promised and that they’re on the margins of society with no one listening to them.
I chose the main characters of the film so that viewers could like every one of them, even those who think differently from them. When Oula and Tapsa sit naked in the sauna despite their different views, I think they’re doing Finns a big favor.
Finland is divided, and I think we need to cleanse the atmosphere of hate. I hope my film will be a good preface to that conversation. ”
Elina Hirvonen, writer, journalist, film director