VEDEN VARTIJA / MEMORY OF WATER
Director: Saara Saarela
Feature film | Finland, Germany, Norway, Estonia | 2020
100 min | Dolby 5.1
56th Hof International Film Festival
In a future world stripped of freshwater, Noria, an idealist tea master’s daughter, finds out upon graduation that her strict father guards a secret freshwater spring. While the dystopian military government tightens its leash, Noria must learn to navigate alone after her father dies. Among his belongings she discovers a bigger secret: there may still be more clean water left in an irradiated place called the Lost Lands.
Noria’s closest friend, loyal but stubborn Sanja, is the only one she can trust – until Noria meets Taro, a young water specialist who comes to their village to find a solution to the water problem. As Noria’s secrets push her and Sanja apart, she grows closer to Taro – only to find out he’s lied about everything and will stop at nothing. Noria must escape, save Sanja and find out if there is still some hope in a world ravaged beyond recognition. In the end Noria discovers that freedom is like secrets – both come with a heavy price to pay.
With LAURI TILKANEN, MIMOSA WILLAMO, SAGA SARKOLA
Screenplay ILJA RAUTSI, Cinematography KJELL LAGERROOS, Editing JUSSI RAUTANIEMI, Production design OTSO LINNALAAKSO, Costume design TIINA KAUKANEN, Casting TUTSA HUUHKA, MARIKA KALLIO, PIA PESONEN ROOLITUSPALVELU, SAARA SAARELA