Selma Vilhunen, who was at Toronto last year with Little Wing, has now started shooting her next feature, Stupid Young Heart.
The Finnish-Swedish-Dutch co-production is shooting now in Helsinki for producers Tuffi.
The drama follows suburban teenagers who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right wing ideas enter their multicultural neighbourhood. Kirsikka Saari, who previously collaborated with the director on Oscar-nominated short Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?, wrote the script.
The main cast are newcomers Jere Ristseppä and Rosa Honkonen, while established acting talent includes Ville Haapasalo, Pihla Viitala and Katja Küttner.
The Finnish cinema release is planned for October 2018.
The international crew includes DoP Lisabi Fridell, set Eva Torsvall and editor Michal Leszczylowski, who has collaborated with Lukas Moodysson.
Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt produce for Tuffi. Backers are Finnish Film Foundation, YLE, Nordisk Film, The Church Media Foundation, Eurimages, The Netherlands Film Fund, Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe. Co-producers are TMV from Sweden and Windmill Film from The Netherlands.
Vilhunen said: ”Kirsikka Saari’s script has many layers. It is at the same time a sensitive and funny description of young people in this world that is at a turning point, with its adults more or less lost and afraid. The script looks at weakness in people and hatred from the eye level, aspiring to see beyond prejudice. Stupid Young Heart is fiction, but the nucleus is in the reality in which we live.”