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Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)

Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (Näkymätön Elina) As If I Didn't Exist)
Running time: 74 min. | Genre: Drama, 50s, Childhood, Schools & University, Teaching, Family, Rural life
Elina: As If I Wasn't There

Synopsis

In rural Finland of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family belongs to Finnish-speaking Finns frowned upon by a staunch schoolmistress who starts hounding Elina for questioning her authority. Elina's mother, sister, and a liberal young male teacher all try to mediate the ensuing battle of wills between Elina and Miss Holm. Elina finds consolation in wandering out on the dangerous marshlands to have imaginary conversations with her dead father.

Nominations & Awards

Guldbagge

Best Supporting Actress (Bibi Andersson)
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED

Seville Film Festival

Eurimages Award
WINNER

Details

Original title

Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (Näkymätön Elina) As If I Didn't Exist)

Director

Klaus Härö

Producer

Coproducción Finlandia-Suecia; Filmlance International AB, Filmpool Nord, Kinoproduction, Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI)

Running time

74 min.

Screenwriter

Jimmy Karlsson, Kjell Sundstedt (Novela: Kerstin Johansson i Backe)

Music

Tuomas Kantelinen

Cinematography

Jarkko T. Laine

Year

2002

Country

Finland Finland

Ranking

IMDb
7.0

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