Directed by Mikko Makela

Starring Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender

When being introduced to A Moment in the Reeds by the director and lead actors, they described the film as both the first Finnish LGBT romance film and the first film to feature an openly gay Syrian actor. Both outstanding achievements (though I’m not sure how Tom of Finland fits into the mix), it certainly created a lot of anticipation for the film to come. Yes, A Moment in the Reeds does touch on themes not often . . .

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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.