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by Petri Kotwica


Saara is a gynaecologist in Helsinki. She is elegant, friendly and liberal-minded. But, just like the fresh white snow that has fallen on Helsinki, one never really knows what lurks beneath Saara’s radiant surface. In Saara’s case the self-confidence she parades is a front for a marked tendency to be jealous. She has recently discovered that her husband Leo is having an affair with a young student. Tuuli, as she is called, works part-time as a martial arts trainer. When Saara tries to find out more about her rival her attempt ends with her unintentionally joining Tuuli’s self-defence group. Bit by bit, Saara worms her way into Tuuli’s life. Partly by coincidence, partly on purpose, the two develop a close relationship.

international title: Black Ice
original title: Musta jää
country: Finland, Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Petri Kotwica
film run: 100'
release date: FI 19/10/2007
cast: Outi Mäenpää, Ria Kataja, Martti Suosalo, Ville Virtanen, Sara Paavolainen
cinematography by: Harri Räty
film editing: Jukka Nykänen
costumes designer: Eicca Toppinen, Kristiina Saha
producer: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho, Patrick Knippel
production: Making Movies, Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv GmbH
distributor: Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy Ab


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2008 In Competition
Jussi Awards 2008 Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress (Outi Mäenpää)
Best Editing
Best Music

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