Finland | 2022 | 86 min | Hanna Bergholm

April 22 - 24, 2022

When 12-year-old gymnast Tinja finds a strange egg in the forest outside her house, she protects it in secret. What hatches will shock, challenge, and forever alter her seemingly perfect family in this fractured fairy tale.

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“It’s a wild and weird ride; a cult classic in the making.” – Randy Myers (Mercury News)

Twelve-year-old Tinja goes through her stretching exercises, aspiring to earn the last competition spot on her gymnastics squad, while her mother flits about with a selfie stick, flaunting her flawless family and idyllic suburban home for her popular blog “Lovely Everyday Life.” However, this charming veneer proves all too fragile when a squawking crow crashes through a window, laying waste to the chandelier and all stemware in its flight path. Tinja captures the bird only for her mother to vindictively snap its neck. Returning the dead bird to the nearby forest for burial, she discovers a strange egg and brings it home, where it grows to gargantuan size. When it hatches, a bird-like creature emerges, christened Alli, who immediately becomes Tinja’s inseparable friend. But the pressures of a looming gymnastics competition, the presence of a new rival, and regular intrusions by her nosy little brother make it difficult to keep Alli hidden. Yet as Alli morphs, growing ever bolder, she reveals herself to be a nightmarish mirror of Tinja’s inner darkness. In her feature film debut, Hanna Bergholm draws inspiration from Grimms’ fairy tales, Tim Burton, and Angela Carter to craft an entertainingly surreal yet beautifully grotesque coming-of-age fable.

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  • Original Language Title: Pahanhautoja
  • Director: Hanna Bergholm
  • Principal Cast: Jani Volanen, Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Finland, Sweden
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 86 min
  • Producer: Mika Ritalahti
  • Screenplay: Ilja Rautsi
  • Cinematographers: Jarkko T. Laine
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Finnish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Midnight
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch

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