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New Finnish Cinema Absolution /Henkesi edestä

Image by Petri Kotwica

WED—11-1-2017—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
92 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.

Kiia and Lauri are speeding down a dark country road, anxious to reach the hospital because Kiia has gone into premature labour. Their car hits something. Lauri goes to take a look, and tells his wife he saw nothing. They rush to the hospital, and Kiia gives birth to a healthy baby boy.

While in the hospital, Kiia meets Hanna, a woman whose husband is a victim of a hit-and-run driver. When the truth finally dawns, will it be too late to forgive? Directed by Petri Kotwica (Finland, 2015).

“Chewing on universal themes of guilt, forgiveness and revenge, Absolution is a superior suspense thriller that is not afraid to tackle difficult ethical questions.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“All three leads are frankly superb”—FilmInk

About the director

Petri Kotwica is an award-winning Finnish film director and screenwriter. His first feature Homesick (2005) was lauded at numerous international festivals. His second feature Black Ice premiered in Berlinale 2008 in competition, was a box office hit in Finland,

won six national film awards, and has been screened at more than fifty film festivals. Rat King (2012) had its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. Absolution is his fourth feature film.

New Finnish Cinema

This fall, experience the best of new Finnish cinema at Scandinavia House as part of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s yearlong celebration of Finland’s Centennial. Each film will be screened twice—Wednesday at 7 PM and Friday at 6:30 PM (with the exception of Born in Heinola). Tickets for individual films are $12 ($7 ASF Members) or you can purchase a Series Pass for all nine films for $45 ($25 ASF Members).

Films in the series include:

Little WingWED—10-25 & FRI—10-27
AbsolutionWED—11-1 & FRI—11-3
Gold DiggerWED—11-8 & FRI–11-10
Born in HeinolaWED—11-15
Love and FuryWED—11-29 & FRI—12-1

Special thanks to Media Luna.