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by Auli Mantila


When 12-year-old Elsi Björkman and her mother Paula return from a week's holiday abroad, Elsi immediately notices that someone has been in her room. She tells her mother about it, but she does not believe her. At the local supermarket Elsi meets Henry, who seems to spend his time returning shopping trolleys. Elsi does not know anything about the boy, who has an irritating habit of appearing from out of nowhere, only to disappear again, as if into thin air. Nevertheless, the children become friends.

international title: My Friend Henry
original title: Ystäväni Henry
country: Finland, Germany
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Auli Mantila
film run: 93'
release date: FI 20/08/2004
screenplay: Auli Mantila
cast: Aleksi Rantanen, Ninni Ahlroth, Hellen Willberg, Pertti Sveholm, Ylva Ekblad
cinematography by: Heikki Färm
film editing: Bettina Böhler
art director: Kaisa Mäkinen
costumes designer: Sari Suominen
music: Tommi Viksten
producer: Anna Heiskanen, Ulrike Zimmermann
production: DO Films Oy, MMM Film Zimmermann & Co GmbH, Finnish Film Foundation
backing: Filmförderung Hamburg
distributor: SF Studios Finland Oy
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