I Love Anna: Finnish short film heads to Vancouver

Hot off the Nordisk Panorama, the Finnish short film I Love Anna (Rakastan Annaa) has been selected as part of the ‘Teen Trouble’ programme at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The short film follows Santeri, a teenage boy looking for more than conversation when he takes a long walk to drop in on a farm girl he has a crush on, and things start looking up when she asks him to come inside after milking the cows.

At eleven minutes long, I Love Anna is an endearing short film. Watching Santeri comb his hair carefully before he goes to see Anna is an innocent and delightful look at the small things that seemingly matter to a young boy in love. As we watch Santeri and Anna bond, the innocent view of each other develops into a sexual exploration that is fueled by desire, countered by uncertainty and fear of the unknown. The games the two play with one another will remind audiences of their first sexual experiences, and the director Joonas Rutanen has succeeded in his accurate portrayal of teen romance. The two young actors are excellent in their roles, and it’s hardly surprising that I Love Anna was nominated for Best Nordic Short at the Nordisk Panorama, the Nordic regions biggest documentary and short film festival.

I Love Anna is screening among 32 short films that will introduce the Vancouver International Film Festival audiences to some of the world’s most exciting creators working in short films. Teen Trouble is one of four short programmes; the others being Ain’t Love a Many-Splendoured Thing? Disquiet in Paradise and Fragments of My Existence.

The shorts director, Joonas Rutanen, will also be attending the festival and this will be the American premiere of the short.

So for those Canadians looking to get closer to Nordic film, be sure to attend a screening of the Teen Trouble programme and support this excellent Finnish short.



Teen Trouble

98 minutes
October 2, 6:00 pm, Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas #8 

October 5, 11:00 am, Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas #9 

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.