Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 11:45 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:105 min.
Director:Miia Tervo
Producer:Max Malka
Screenwriter:Miia Tervo
Cinematographer:Arsen Sarkisiants
Editor:Antti Reikko
Cast:Mimosa Willamo
Amir Escandari
Oona Airola
Hannu-Pekka Björkman
Miitta Sorvali
Chike Ohanwe
Print Source:Dionysos Films
Note Writer:Lucy Laird


Hard-partying, commitment-phobic nail technician Aurora is true to her name: at once luminous and dark, beautiful and bound to burn out quickly. She pinballs through life in icy Lapland without a plan more concrete than moving to Norway to administer colonics, bouncing from karaoke bar to dance party to friends’ couches and back again, and getting ejected from a strip club for trying to incite a feminist riot. Then, in an unorthodox romcom twist, she meets-not-so-cute with Iranian asylum seeker Darian and discovers her purpose: to find him a wife so he can stay in Finland with his young daughter. Meanwhile, soulful Darian starts to assimilate to his new surroundings, including a few hilarious attempts at mastering the Finnish culture of sauna bathing. But will he settle for a fake spouse and stop running for his life, and will Aurora keep running away from herself? Winner of the Best International Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Miia Tervo, Actor Mimosa Willamo

Additional Information

Miia Tervo (b. 1980) is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Finnish Lapland. Her shorts include The Little Snow Animal (2009), winner of Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness (2015), winner of the Prize of the Youth Jury for Finnish Short Film Under 30 Minutes at the Tampere International Short Film Festival. Aurora (2019) is Tervo's first feature film.