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by Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio


In the 1860’s Alaska and Finland are simultaneously parts of the Russian Empire. A Finnish mining engineer Simon buys a 10-year old Alaskan native American girl and decides to bring her to Finland. The girl, Tsamo, is baptized and Simon starts to teach her European manners. The girl thinks she’s married to Simon and acts accordingly. Simon marries a lady of his own age and class and Tsamo gets confused. Simon is forced to send the girl away and the battle over Tsamo’s identity takes complicated turns.

international title: Tsamo
original title: Tsamo
country: Finland
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio
film run: 75'
release date: FI 17/04/2015
screenplay: Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio
cast: Albina Tologovona, Willhelm Grotenfelt, Thomas Yellowhair, Yovan Nagwetch, Alma Pöysti
cinematography by: Johannes Lehmuskallio
film editing: Markku Lehmuskallio
art director: Sanna-Mari Pirkola
costumes designer: Mila Moisio, Kaisa Rissanen
producer: Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg
production: Making Movies
backing: Finnish Film Foundation
distributor: Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus


main awards/selection

La Rochelle International Film Festival 2015 

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