Heart of a Lion

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    Heart of a Lion

    Leijonasydän

    Directed by

    Finland

    2013

    95 min

    • Finnish

    Drama

    Teppo, the central figure in a neo-Nazi group in eastern Finland, meets and immediately falls in love with Sari. She introduces Teppo to her son Rhamadhani. Teppo has dreamt about parenthood, but Rhamadhani is half-black. Teppo manages to overcome his own prejudices, but still can't bring himself to making his role as the boy's father public: the pressure from his own people is too much to handle.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award, SIGNIS Award, Audience Award - Festroia IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Peter Franzén
    Laura Birn
    Yusufa Sidibeh
    Jasper Pääkkönen
    Pamela Tola
    Screenplay
    Aleksi Bardy
    Cinematography
    Henri Blomberg
    Editing
    Harri Ylönen
    Music
    Jean-Paul Wall
    Sales
    THE YELLOW AFFAIR
    Production
    HELSINKI FILMI

    Press

    (HEART OF A LION) manages the difficult feat of conveying realistically damaged and empathetic characters rather than preaching through hellaciously tragic events.

    Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema

    Dome Karukoski

    Dome Karukoski

    Finland

    One of Finland’s most highly acclaimed directors, Dome Karukoski has been named one of “Variety’s” top 10 Directors to Watch. His features include BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD, HOME OF THE DARK BUTTERFLIES, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, LAPLAND ODYSSEY, HEART OF A LION and THE GRUMP, the latter three of which had their premieres at Toronto IFF. His latest film Tom of Finland was selected as part of the 2017 edition of Tribeca FF and Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy.

    Selected Filmography