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by Klaus Härö


Nine-year-old Elina lives with her mother and younger sister in Northern Sweden during the 1950s. She and her family are among the Finnish-speaking minority. Elina's father has died of tuberculosis. The two were very close and Elina, who has also suffered from tuberculosis, has developed a keen sense of justice, just like her father. Elina has been at home for a long time, but now she can now return to school.

international title: Elina: As If I Wasn't There
original title: Elina - Som om jag inte fanns
country: Sweden, Finland
sales agent: Nordisk Film International Sales
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Klaus Härö
film run: 85'
release date: SE 31/01/2003, FI 07/03/2003, NO 06/06/2003, DK 28/11/2003
screenplay: Kjell Sundstedt
cast: Natalie Minnevik, Bibi Andersson, Marjaana Maijala, Henrik Rafaelson
cinematography by: Jarkko T. Laine
film editing: Riitta Poikselkä
art director: Cian Bornebusch
costumes designer: Anna Svärdendahl
music: Tuomas Kantelinen
producer: Anders Landström, Claes Olsson
production: FilmLance International AB, Filmpool Nord AB, Kinoproduction Oy, Svenska Filminstitutet (SE)
distributor: Sonet Film AB, Finnkino Oy (FI), Øst for Paradis (DK)
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