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by Dome Karukoski


The leader of a gang of racist skinheads finds his prejudices and misplaced loyalties pitted against his desire for love and family when he falls for a waitress whose son is of African descent.

international title: Heart of a Lion
original title: Leijonasydän
country: Finland, Sweden
sales agent: The Yellow Affair
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Dome Karukoski
film run: 99'
release date: FI 18/10/2013, CZ 07/08/2014, FR 22/10/2014
screenplay: Aleksi Bardy
cast: Peter Franzén, Laura Birn, Jasper Pääkkönen, Yusufa Sidibeh
cinematography by: Hena Blomberg
film editing: Harri Ylönen
art director: Antti Nikkinen
music: Jean-Paul Wall
producer: Aleksi Bardy
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy, Anagram Produktion
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o., Jupiter Films
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main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2013 
Helsinki International Film Festival-Love & Anarchy 2013 

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