Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020 11:00 AM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:Midnight Sun
Women & Film
Spotlight: 2020 Vision
Women Directors
Comedy Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:106 min
Festivals & Awards:Edinburgh International Film Festival - Best International Feature Film
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Level K
Director:Miia Tervo
Producer:Max Malka
Cinematographer:Arsen Sarkisiants
Screenwriter:Miia Tervo
Editor:Antti Reikko
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha
Principal Cast:Mimosa Willamo
Amir Escandari
Oona Airola
Hannu-pekka Björkman
Miitta Sorvali
Chike Ohanwe
Ria Kataja
Pamela Tola


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

A Finnish party girl falls in love with an Iranian refugee in this enjoyable dramedy. Unspooling during snowy winter in rugged Finnish Lapland, Aurora cleverly exploits the location and unconventional characters to add something fresh to familiar romantic comedy beats.

Despite its raucous surface, Aurora is suffused with tenderness and melancholy. Moreover, it examines big themes: the plight of asylum seekers and female alcoholism, while capturing the feelings of restlessness derived from being stuck in a remote place with a lack of opportunity. Aurora is a wild, commitment-phobic, good-time girl with a drinking problem that she denies. When Aurora and Iranian refugee Darien, both at their most desperate, accidentally meet at a local hot dog stand, the fateful encounter leads to an agreement of sorts. In return for a significant sum of euros, Aurora will help him find a wife -- and educate him about Finnish women to boot. (Alissa Simon)

Director Biography

Miia Tervo

Miia Tervo was raised in Finnish Lapland, and is the director of the short films “The Seal” (2005), “The Little Snow Animal” (2009), and “Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness” (2015). She was inspired to direct from watching Sally Potter’s Orlando at age 15. Aurora (2019) is her first feature.


"[A] feel-good, starkly-contrasted romance about two people at their ends of life, looking for a new beginning." - Film Threat