Taboos are finally being broken. Mari Soppela‘s latest documentary is a journey into Finland’s intimate recent history. Soppela’s grandmother left Finland with a German soldier during World War II and returned with a child. The boy grew up in the northern Finland not knowing who his father was.
Thousands of people in Europe have the similar background. In Finland, it is estimated that there are 700 children who were fathered by German soldiers. The mothers have been branded as fallen women and traitors.
In the documentary, Soppela and her father set out to investigate who her grandfather was and what his story might have been. All they know about him is his name, and even that isn’t fully confirmed. When the investigation begins, old photos, Facebook and DNA tests all prove to be useful tools. The film is a perceptive portrayal of secrets within a family and the relationships between family members. It has taken 70 years for this topic to be tackled in films.
Text: Taina Vuokko / Translation: Liina Härkönen
Director Mari Soppela will be present at the screenings.
Language: Finnish, German, English
- Name in Original Language: Kuka piru pimeässä näkee
- Director: Mari Soppela
- Country: Finland, Netherlands
- Year: 2014
- Length: 72 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Leo Anemaet
- Editing: Mari Soppela
- Audio: Leo Anemaet, Gernot Steinweg
- Music: Leo Anemaet
- Production: Mari Soppela, Leo Anemaet / LPMA Productions
- Maxim 1: Wednesday 28.1. at 21:00
- Kinopalatsi 6: Saturday 31.1. at 15:30