March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 87 minutes
With stunning performances by both veteran Elina Knihtilä and newcomer Samuli Niittymäki, THE GOOD SON details the disturbing relationship between a self-absorbed, washed-up actress and the son she has raised as a bodyguard, servant, and unseemly companion. Leila Manner needs constant attention, and she knows how to get it. When she escapes with her two sons to her lake house after a bad publicity ordeal, it is quickly revealed not only how unstable she is, but also how it has affected both boys—Ilmari, a jealous, protective, hostile teenager who seems to be under Leila's spell, and Unto, a distanced existential young boy who spends most of his time behind a camera lens. When Leila invites a new man named Aimo into their home, tension between him and Ilmari gradually builds until it reaches an uncomfortable, foreboding precipice, threatening to send Ilmari over the edge. Will Leila realize what she has done before it's too late? (In Finnish with subtitles) – M.M.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Zaida Bergroth is a Finnish-born writer and director who graduated with a Master's of Art degree from Aalto University's College of Art and Design. She has received a number of awards for her short films, as well as the Flash Forward Award for her first feature film at the 2009 Busan International Film Festival.
"Last Cowboy Standing" (2009), THE GOOD SON (2011)