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THE VISITOR

by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

synopsis

A young boy lives with his mother on a farm surrounded by deep forest in the remote wilds of the Finnish countryside. From time to time, the boy visits his father - a man of great violence - in prison. Locked in the stable is an unruly horse, the boy's only other companion. Their simple life is disrupted when a stranger appears, with a note from the father and a bullet in his side. Reluctantly, mother and son offer the stranger refuge.

international title: The Visitor
original title: Muukalainen
country: Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
release date: EE 08/12/2008, FI 30/01/2009, BE 20/05/2009, NL 27/08/2009, DE 05/11/2009
screenplay: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, Jan Forsström
cast: Pavel Liska, Vitali Bobrov, Jorma Tommila, Emilia Ikaheimo
cinematography by: Tuomo Hutri
film editing: Mervi Junkkonen
art director: Kaisa Mäkinen
costumes designer: Sari Suominen
music: Helina Tulve
producer: Arne Ludwig, Felix Blum, Christoph Bauer, Peter Urbla, Anneli Ahvern
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy, BlueLight (UK), Propellerfilm (DE), Exitfilm OÜ (EE)
distributor: Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy Ab, Nederlands Film Museum Distributie (NL), Farbfilm (DE)

main awards/selection

Venice 2008 Venice Days - Giornate degli Autori
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