PRINCESS

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Status : Completed

Original title : Prinsessa

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Directed by : Arto Halonen

Cast : Antti LITJA, Katja KÜTTNER, Krista KOSONEN, Paavo WESTERBERG, Paula VESALA, Peter FRANZÉN, Pirkka PEKKA PETELIUS, Samuli EDELMANN

Synopsis

Princess is based on real-life events and a real person. Cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen (Katja Kukkola), drifting from one foster home to another, ends up in psychiatric care and soon the hospital staff and her fellow patients see that she’s suffering from severe delusions. She claims to be “Princess”, a member of the English royal family from Buckingham Palace.
Although Princess herself numbers among the patients, helping others becomes her life mission. Her court is comprised of her lady-in-waiting Christina von Heyroth (Krista Kosonen), and a group of fellow patients (Peter Franzén and Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, amongst others). Her jurisdiction extends all the way to Kellokoski village and the manager of the local bank (Tapio Liinoja). From the psychiatric hospital, this broken woman finds her true home and builds a family.
The hospital staff, however, can’t agree on whether empathizing with Princess’ delusions is the best thing for her. Doctor Grotenfelt (Samuli Edelmann) is a supporter of modern treatment methods, and a new invention, lobotomy, is making its way to Finland...

Produced by : Arto Halonen (Art Films Production AFP Oy)

Year : 2010

Nationality : Finland, Sweden

Language : Finnish & Swedish

Length : 100'

Screening : 35 mm

Awards

  • Grand Prix Cape Winelands Film Festival South Africa 2011
  • Best Leading Actress - Jussi Award Finland 2011
  • Film Actor of the Year Finnish Actors' Union 2010
  • Best Actress Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Estonia 2010
  • Nominee Best Nordic Film Dragon Award Göteborg International Film Festival Sweden 2011
  • Winner of 2nd prize for best film in main competition Viareggio Europacinema Italy October 2011

Festivals

  • MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL World premiere – selected for First Films competition
  • TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Winner of best actress award in main competition
  • GOTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL February 2011
  • SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • FESTROIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – PORTUGAL
  • BALTIC DEBUTS FILM FESTIVAL - RUSSIA
  • VIAREGGIO EUROPACINEMA – ITALY