Själö - Island of Souls
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    Själö - Island of Souls

    Directed by

    Finland

    2020

    78 min

    • Finnish

    Documentary

    For centuries, a closed institution served as a final destination for socially transgressive women at Själö, an isolated island in the Baltic Sea. The outcast women were kept there in detention, to be observed, studied and measured – in much the same way as the surrounding nature is by scientists at the now converted research center. While a young scientist is collecting samples around the island, the past emerges in the whispers of the unsent letters and empty rooms of the hospital. The space fills up with hidden memories as the invisible archives come alive. Whose stories are remembered and whose are forgotten?

    Awards

    • Special Mention for Nordic: Dox Award - CPH:DOX

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Lotta Petronella
    Seppo Parkkinen
    Cinematography
    Kerttu Hakkarainen
    Editing
    Matti Näränen
    Music
    Lau Nau
    Production
    MADE
    Festival Bookings
    THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION
    Sales
    SYNDICADO FILM SALES

    Press

    Lotta Petronella

    Lotta Petronella

    Finland

    Lotta Petronella is filmmaker, artist and curator based on the island of Ruissalo. Her films have been shown internationally at film festivals, art galleries, and broadcasted widely. Petronella is trained as a fine artist at Chelsea College of Art in London where she worked and lived for 15 years working on a number of film and television productions. She holds a MA in Creative Documentary from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Her latest film SJÄLÖ - THE ISLANDS OF SOULS, a creative documentary film (78min) will premiere at CPH:DOX.