As part of the 33rd ‘Festival International du Cinema Ethnographique Jean Rouch‘ a Finnish film titled Olga: To My Friends will be screened as part of the official competition. The film was shot in Finland and Russia, and is directed by Paul-Anders Simma. The film will be screened at 2pm on the 11th of November at the House of World Cultures in Paris.

Here is a summary of the film:

“In the Russian part of Lapland, some 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) north of Moscow, winter temperatures dip down to the negative double digits. It’s as white as the eye can see here, and there’s hardly a human being to speak of.

Here, Olga lives in a simple dwelling under a think layer of snow. She watches over the rations and vehicles of the reindeer herders, who won’t return until spring. This year, she spent 177 days by herself, with only a cat to keep her company. Olga is the only woman in the reindeer brigade, and the work isn’t without its dangers. Food often gets stolen, and she once came face to face with a bear and got run over by a herd of reindeer. But Olga feels right at home here.

She grew up in an orphanage, and when her mother finally got some money together and came to pick her up, she felt like a stranger in her own family. When rumors circulate that the brigade is going to be shut down, she is truly worried. If Olga loses her job and her house, what will become of her?” (link)

If you are interested in checking out the film, here’s the link to the festival.

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