Citizens (short feature film) / Kaupunkilaisia
Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, 2008.
Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
Script: Khadar Ahmed
Producer: Auli Mantila
Production company: Aamu Filmcompany
Cinematography: Jani-Petteri Passi
Editing: Jussi Rautaniemi
Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Omar Abdi, Elina Hietala
Running time: 29'
Finnish Marko and Somalian Yasin are today's temporary workers. These men have both ended up as citizens of Helsinki, for different reasons and unwillingly. The men hope they could provide a living for themselves and their families. They both are planning on having decent jobs and a sane everyday life. Marko wants to buy a car, and Yasin wants to get rid of his. So they meet each other and due to a misfortune, they have to adjust their plans.
Awards and Festivals
Locarno International Film Festival 2008 – Eastman Kodak Award
Premiers Plans film festival in Angers 2008 - Prix Arte
Juho Kuosmanen, born 1979, studied film-directing in UIAH (University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki) since 2004. His 2nd year fiction 'Road Markers' was awarded at Cannes Film Festival and St Petersburg Student Fim Festival.In 2008. he has directed 'Citizens'. Cannes Cienfondation winner 'The Painting Sellers' (2010) is his feature film debut.
Location and screening schedule: ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART, Thursday, October 20th at 18.00