Director: CLAES OLSSON
Finland in the 1890s — As Finnish-Swedes emigrate to America, Hanna, 18, who, after a diffi cult childhood in Bothnia region travels to Colorado. Her goal is to make money for a return to her native land and to seek the respect her family craved.
As a single mother with children, she comes back to the Finnish countryside in 1905, where she buys land and opens a country store. Despite hard work, she suffers shame and humiliation when her son becomes a smuggler during Prohibition. The touching, insightful historical drama is taken from a widely read memoir by one Lars Sund.
Director’s Olsson: “Humiliation, shame and bitterness, approval and forgiveness, these are the central themes of the fi lm . . . the narrative of the fi lm makes it modern. I want it to generously offer excitement and poetry as they fi nd their path through all the hardships of life.”
FINLAND • 2007 • 120 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: CLAES OLSSON