EXCLUSIVE: Following their collaboration on Aki Kaurismäki’s Berlin winner The Other Side Of Hope, Euro sales firm The Match Factory and Finnish producers Bufo have re-teamed on dystopian sci-fi thriller Memory Of Water (Veden Vartija).
Saara Saarela’s (Twisted Roots) film, set in a waterless world of the future, sees a woman follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming her village’s ‘Tea Master’, a position which also sees her inherit a secret truth that has been hidden for a long time. The young woman must wield her quiet strength as a compass along a dangerous journey for her people’s survival.
We can reveal the good-looking first teaser for the Finnish-language film above.
Memory Of Water is based on Emmi Itäranta’s eco novel, which won accolades such as the 2012 Teos Fantasy and Scif-Fi Literary Fiction Contest, 2012 Kalevi Jäntti Award and 2013 Nuori Aleksis Award.
Pic is produced by Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff (Bufo) and co-produced by Nina Frese and Reinhard Brundig (for Germany’s Pandora Film), Ivo Felt (for Estonia’s Allfilm) and Maria Ekerhovd (for Norway’s Mer Film).
Cast includes Saga Sarkola, Mimosa Willamo, Lauri Tilkanen, Pekka Strang, Mina Haapkyla and Kheba Touray.
”This film was a big challenge for me, I had never done anything like this before. But the relevance of the subject pushed me onwards and I overcame my fears to make this book into an exciting film, like Noria, who finds courage to truly stand for what she believes in,” said director Saarela.
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