A Moment in the Reeds


The Main 2 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 7:00 PM
The Main 2 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 4:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, May 3, 2018 9:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Midnight Sun
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
LGBTQ Currents
Spotlight Competition Award
Best of Fest
Tags:Culture & Society
Release Year:2017
Runtime:108 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Collaborative
Director:Mikko Makela
Producer:Mikko Makela
James Robert Benjamin Watson
Jarno Pimperi
Cinematographer:Iikka Salminen
Screenwriter:Mikko Makela
Editor:Mikko Makela
Composer:Sebastián Kauderer
Luke Richards
Principal Cast:Janne Puustinen
Boodi Kabbani
Mika Melender
Virpi Rautsiala


Special Guest Mikko Makela Attending

After moving to Paris for university, handsome literature student Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father must return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

A response to the dearth of queer narratives in Finnish cinema, A Moment in the Reeds is among the first queer feature films ever made in the country. Viewing Finland from the perspectives both of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalized voices of sexual and ethnic minorities center stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.

Director Biography

Mikko Makela is making his feature-film debut with A Moment in the Reeds, which has screened globally after seeing its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Along with filmmaking, Makela is an experienced editor, writer and photographer. He is based in London.



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