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by Zaida Bergroth


How to love a dangerous mother? A teenage orphan girl Salome lives within a sect lead by charismatic and ruthless Maria Åkerblom. During a pivotal summer, Salome is faced with standing up against Maria, the woman who had saved her.

international title: Maria's Paradise
original title: Marian paratiisi
working title: Maria’s Children
country: Finland, Estonia
sales agent: LevelK
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Zaida Bergroth
film run: 110'
release date: FI 4/10/2019
screenplay: Jan Forsström, Anna Viitala
cast: Pihla Viitala, Tommi Korpela, Elina Knihtilä, Satu Tuuli Karhu, Saga Sarkola, Satu Mikkelinen, Jan Korander
cinematography by: Henri Blomberg
film editing: Samu Heikkilä
art director: Jaagup Roomet
costumes designer: Eugen Tamberg
music: Timo Kaukolampi
producer: Daniel Kuitunen, Kaisla Viitala
co-producer: Evelin Penttilä
executive producer: Liisa Penttilä
associate producer: Tero Tamminen
production: Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta Oy, Kaiho Republic, Stellar Film OÜ
backing: The Finnish Film Foundation (FI), Estonian Film Institute (EE), Cultural Endowment of Estonia (EE), YLE (FI), Finnish Church Media Foundation (FI), Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) (FI), Film Estonia (EE)
distributor: Nordisk Film Oy

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