On April 20, see an advance screening of the new Finnish thriller Hatching at Scandinavia House! A fascinating portrait of the nature of maternal instinct, Hatching opens theatrically in New York on April 29 and has been acclaimed as “a wild and weird ride; a cult classic in the making” (San Jose Mercury News) and “a knotty delight” (The Film Stage). A pre-recorded interview with director Hanna Bergholm will follow the screening.
Twelve-year-old gymnast Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother, whose popular blog ‘Lovely Everyday Life’ presents their family’s idyllic existence as manicured suburban perfection. One day, after finding a wounded bird in the woods, Tinja brings its strange egg home, nestles it in her bed, and nurtures it until it hatches. The creature that emerges becomes her closest friend and a living nightmare, plunging Tinja beneath the impeccable veneer into a twisted reality that her mother refuses to see. As Tinja battles to come to terms with the genuine emotional bond with her grotesque and bloodthirsty new found family, she must also contend with the fraying connection to her own demanding mother (Finland, 2022. 87 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.)
Official selection 2022 at the Sundance Film Festival; “part social commentary, part creature-feature, Finnish thriller Hatching succeeds in large part because it commits so diligently to its conceit, as out there as it is” (Third Coast Review)
This screening will take place in Victor Borge Hall; attendees are required to follow all Scandinavia House safety protocols, including wearing masks during the program and observing social distancing rules in signage. Please read our full safety protocols here.
Special thanks to IFC Films.
About the Director
Hanna Bergholm is a Finnish film director. She has graduated in 2009 from the University of Art and Design Helsinki with MA in Film Directing. She has directed several internationally awarded short films and also TV drama series. Her latest short horror film Puppet Master has been selected to several international film festivals including Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal 2018, Fantastic Fest in Austin 2018, and also to the MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York 2019. Hatching is her first feature film.