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The Visitor (2008)

Original title: Muukalainen

Feature film | Drama Duration 105:16

A boy lives with his mother in a lonely farmhouse amidst the woods. Now and then he goes to see his father who is in prison and the two of them share a common secret. Their life will change the day when a stranger arrives at their house, carrying a letter from the boy's father and being wounded by a bullet. Through the eyes of the silent boy we see the way life changes, the way spring becomes winter and the way hope develops to betrayal.

Director: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

Keywords: existentialism | suicide attempt | raid | healing of the wounded | mental suffering | fears | death of a horse | madness | beautiful horse | father-son relationship | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Helsinki-filmi (Finland)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Finnish
Subtitles Estonian, English
Duration 105:16


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Jorma Tommila - Father

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 31.08.2008, Venice International Film Festival, Italy
  • on filmfestival: 5.12.2008, Black Nights Film Festival - Cinamon, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 8.12.2008, Cinema Kosmos, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden), 2009, Main Award, The Nordic Film Award, Kodak Nordic Vision Award -Cinematographer Tuomo Hutri
  • Award, JUSSI - Annual Award of Finnish Film Industry (Finland), 2010, Best Cinematography: Tuomo Hutri, Best Editing: Mervi Junkkonen
  • Nomination, JUSSI - Annual Award of Finnish Film Industry (Finland), 2010, Best Direction: J.-P. Valkeapää, Best Music: Helena Tulve, Best Set Design: Kaisa Mäkinen, Best Sound Design: Micke Nyström

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm