Short fiction

Winterheart is a story of Eikka, a cab driver in his fifties, who has betrayed his family and is now losing the connection to his teenage daughter Laura. Eikka has been unfaithful to his wife, and Laura, as well as her mother, has a reason to hate Eikka for destroying their family. One night Eikka meets Saija, a girl same age as his daughter, who claimes to be raiped. Eikka gives her a lift home, but can’t forget the tragic and sad girl. He’d like to help her more, not least because she happens to know Eikka’s daughter..

The main cast of Winterheart includes Ville Virtanen, Rosa Salomaa, Linda Tuomenvirta, Jonna Järnefelt and Kai Vaine.

Directing and screenplay: Jussi Hiltunen
Cinematography: J-P Passi
Recording: Antti Lindholm
Editing: Jussi Hiltunen, Antti Reikko
Sound design: Kössi Väntänen
Music: Hisser
Producer: Elina Pohjola, Pohjola-filmi
With support from: The Finnish Film Foundation, Joona Louhivuori
In assosiation with: Yle, Sari Volanen

Winterheart premiered in Rovaniemi on Wednesday 9.9.2015 as part of Rovaniemi-week. The film was also part of Helsinki International Film Festival, the screening took place on Friday 25.9.2015.


Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland 2015
Helsingin lyhytelokuvafestivaali, Finland 2015
Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway 2016
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France 2016
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway 2016
Tampere Film Festival, Finland 2016
Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine 2016
Sodankylän elokuvajuhlat, Finland 2016
OPEN PLACE International Short Film Festival, Latvia 2016
Chacun son Court, France 2016