Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

LITTLE WING
(Tyttö nimeltä Varpu)

Year: 2016
Country: FINLAND, DENMARK
Language: Finnish
Run Time: 98 minutes

LITTLE WING
LITTLE WING
LITTLE WING
LITTLE WING

Varpu is busy navigating her snarky friendships at horse-riding camp and the tricky business of first crushes. When she’s not doing 12-year-old things, she’s taking care of her mother who can’t quite seem to get a handle on the responsibilities of adulthood. As her mom prepares to reenter the dating scene, Varpu’s questions about her absent father go unanswered. In a fit of rebellion, Varpu finds herself at the wheel of a stolen car headed north for Oulu with nothing but a dead cell phone and an address for the father she’s never met. With every bit of optimism riding on this life-changing meeting, Varpu hopes this missing piece can finally bring stability to her life of uncertainty. However, this man is not the father figure she had in mind. Touching and conflicted, LITTLE WING portrays the complicated dynamics of a mother-daughter duo and reminds us that while we cannot change our parents, maybe we don’t have to. (In Finnish with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 7:25 PM

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Genre
Recommended for Middle School Students +

Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Selma Vilhunen

Selma Vilhunen is an Academy Award®-nominated director and screenwriter of fiction and documentary films. She graduated from Turku University of Applied Sciences and is a founding member and co-owner of the Helsinki-based production company Tuffi Films.

Filmography
"Nordic Factory" (2014), "Hobbyhorse Revolution" (2016), LITTLE WING (2016)

Producers
Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho

Screenwriting
Selma Vilhunen

Cinematography
Tuomo Hutri

Editing
Samu Heikkilä

Principal Cast
Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Lauri Maijala, Santtu Karvonen, Outi Mäenpää, Antti Luusuaniemi

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