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SJÄLÖ - ISLAND OF SOULS

by Lotta Petronella

synopsis

For centuries, a closed institution served as a final destination for socially transgressive women at Själö, an isolated island in the Baltic Sea. The outcast women were kept there in detention, to be observed, studied and measured – in much the same way as the surrounding nature is by scientists at the now converted research center. While a young scientist is collecting samples around the island, the past emerges in the whispers of the unsent letters and empty rooms of the hospital. The space fills up with hidden memories as the invisible archives come alive. Whose stories are remembered and whose are forgotten?

international title: Själö - Island of Souls
original title: Själö - Island of Souls
country: Finland
sales agent: The Finnish Film Foundation
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Lotta Petronella
film run: 78'
screenplay: Seppo Parkkinen, Lotta Petronella
cinematography by: Kerttu Hakkarainen
film editing: Matti Näränen
producer: Johanna Tarvainen, Ilona Tolmunen
executive producer: Ulla Simonen
production: Made
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