Other Girls

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Finland | 2015 | 80 minutes | Esa Illi

Based on the actual video diaries of teenage girls, this charming and energetic Finnish delight introduces four high-school girlfriends coping with romance, independence, trust, and self-acceptance as they near graduation and adulthood.

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Jessica, Aina, Taru, and Jenny are four close friends dealing with personal issues with romance, independence, and trust as they creep closer and closer to graduation. Jessica learns that most princes turn into frogs when she falls in love with a pretty boy who breaks her heart at the airport. Distracting herself from her self-image issues with hockey and going to the movies, Aina realizes she can't hide forever when a childhood bully confronts her at a party. Fun-loving Taru must decide what she wants versus what she needs when she discovers she's pregnant by her long-term boyfriend while at the same time witnessing her mother struggle with single motherhood. Abandonment issues and depression plague Jenny, whose secret love for Taru torments her day and night. Told in four chapters and based on actual video diaries of real 18-year-old girls from Helsinki, director Esa Illi's Other Girls is a charming and realistic slice of life that reminds us that sometimes, when you're hovering on the cliff of adulthood, all you need to do is jump.

Director Biography
A graduate of the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, Esa Illi has been a prominent force in the Finnish media industry with his works being featured through both television and film. He teaches acting and filmmaking at the University of Tampere. Other Girls is his fourth feature film.

Sponsored by The Art Institute of Seattle

  • Original Language Title: Toiset Tytöt
  • Director: Esa Illi
  • Principal Cast: Sara Soulié, Ida Vakkuri, Misa Lommi, Bahar Tokat
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Matti Halonen, Anu Hukka, Leila Lyytikäinen
  • Screenplay: Esa Illi
  • Cinematographers: Henri Blomberg
  • Editors: Samu Heikkilä
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Nordic Film Days 2015 (Children and Youth Award)
  • Filmography: Jungle of Dreams (2008); Brothers (2003); Monkey Business (2000)
  • Language: Finnish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: EastWest Film distribution