International premiere

Light Light Light

Local title
Valgus valgus valgus
Original title
Valoa Valoa Valoa
Director
Inari Niemi
Country
Finland
Year
2023
Festival
23rd Youth and Children's Film Festival
Programme
International Youth Competition Programme
Genre
drama, youth film
Subject
love, LGBTQ, first love, child-parent relationships, coming of age, youth

In the spring of 1986, there is an explosion in Chernobyl and a girl called Mimi arrives in a small village in Western Finland. She immediately fills 15-year-old Mariia’s life with radiating light. 20 years later Mariia returns home to take care of her sick mother, and memories of that meaningful summer start rising to the surface.

Age recommendation: 14+

Director
Inari Niemi
Screenwriter
Juuli Niemi
Cast
Rebekka Bear, Anni Iikkanen, Laura Birn, Pirjo Lonka, Kanerva Paunio, Janne Reinikainen
Producer
Oskari Huttu
DoP
Sari Aaltonen
Editor
Hanna Kuirinlahti
Production
Lucy Loves Drama
World sales
Intramovies
Runtime
Language
Finnish
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Inari Niemi

Inari Niemi (1978) studied in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, graduating in 2010. She has directed the feature documentary "Robin the Movie" (2012), two light-hearted drama features "Summertime" (2014) and "Wonderland" (2017), and the drama series "My Husband's Wife" (Yle, 2022). Niemi was also one of the directors in the "Force of Habit" anthology (2019) produced by Tuffi Films.

Filmography:
Valik/Selected: Summer Escape (2009), Robin (2012), Summertime (2014), Wonderland (2017), Tyttöbileet (2019), Valoa valoa valoa (Light, Light, Light, 2023)

Producer
Oskari Huttu

Oskari Huttu has worked as a producer for over a decade. During 2006-2010 he produced commercials for production house KOMIA Helsinki and 2008 he started his work with features in KOMIA’s sister company Bronson Club. Later on Bronson Club merged with Finland’s leading blockbuster production company Solar Films, and during 2010-2015 Oskari produced five features for Bronson and Solar, including Locarno/Critic’s week winning documentary Reindeerspotting (Bronson Club 2010), domestic cult classic comedy Kulman Pojat / Fanatics (Bronson Club 2012), acclaimed drama Kesäkaverit / Summertime (Solar Films 2014) and domestic super- blockbuster Luokkakokous / Reunion (Solar Films 2015). In the Autumn of 2015, Oskari left Solar Films to build a new company called Lucy Loves Drama.

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Screenings

7th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening050704 / Valgus valgus valgus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsInari Niemi (Director), Juuli Niemi (Screenwriter), Laura Birn (Cast)
Q&A duration
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1st Saku hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening081101 / Valgus valgus valgus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
1st Saku hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening121102 / Valgus valgus valgus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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