Selma Vilhunen to direct new Finnish film

Finnish director Selma Vilhunen, known for 2016’s Little Wing, is preparing her second feature film.

Titled Stupid Young Heart, the film follows suburban teenagers dealing with unexpected pregnancy as well as extreme right ideas entering their multicultural neighbourhood.

The drama will shoot in East Helsinki from autumn 2017, with the film due to be in Finnish cinemas by late 2018.

Stupid Young Heart is produced by Tuffi Films and is funded by the Finnish Film Foundation, YLE, Nordisk Film, The Church Media Foundation and Creative Europe.

The script is written by Kirsikka Saari, who previously collaborated with Vilhunen on the short film Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?, which was nominated for an Oscar.

Vilhunen said: ”Kirsikka Saari has written a script where the pulsating, wild and delicate love of the teenage protagonists meets a poignant social analysis. I am particularly thrilled by the realistic and humane style in which Saari describes all of the characters. I wish that the film can unite people who think differently, building bridges where today there is only fear.”


Saari added: ”During the writing process I met many young people, who surprised me with their strength and courage, even though they often carried heavy burdens for their age. I wanted to project this feeling through my main characters Lenni and Kiira. Stupid Young Heart is a story about crazy first love in a world where there is too much hatred.”

You can read our interview with Selma Vilhunen about Little Wing in the new issue of Cinema Scandinavia.

Vilhunen is also about to release her feature-length documentary, Hobbyhorse Revolution, which you can watch the trailer for below.

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Photo: John Palmen / Source


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.