MARRAS

The story of a silenced, young girl and her journey after the loss of her father, through the ancient Finnish backwoods and wilderness.

  • Sami Mustonen
    Director
  • Sami Mustonen
    Writer
  • Jukka Vidgren
    Producer
    Heavy Trip, Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil
  • Sami Mustonen
    Producer
  • Saara Runtti
    Key Cast
    "Nuutti"
  • Tuomas Kinnunen
    Key Cast
    "Nuutti's father"
  • Tuomas Kantelinen
    Music By
    Arn – The Knight Templar, The Legend of Hercules, Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, Iron Sky: The Coming Race
  • Kimmo Vänttinen
    Sound Designer
  • Sami Mustonen
    Production Design
  • Maiju Kinnunen
    Make Up
  • Sami Mustonen
    Director of Photography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    MARRAS
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Drama, Horror
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Language:
    Finnish, Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    4K UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy / Rakkautta & Anarkiaa
    Helsinki
    Finland
    September 27, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Scandinavian International Film Festival
    Helsinki
    Finland
    August 26, 2020
    Best Domestic Short Film
  • The Romford Film Festival
    Romford
    United Kingdom
    August 18, 2020
    Best Cinematography, Best Actress
  • BIFFF - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2020
    Brussel
    Belgium
    Official selection
  • Muestra Intergaláctica Film Festival
    Coahuila
    Mexico
    November 22, 2019
    Mexico
    Audience Award, People's Choice / Best Short Film
  • The Macoproject Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    December 20, 2019
    Best Film
  • New York Cinematography Awards
    New York
    United States
    Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Young Actress
  • Jaipur International Film Festival 2020
    Jaipur
    India
    January 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Alder International Short Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    September 28, 2019
    Official Selection
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival
    Pula
    Croatia
    October 19, 2019
    Nominee
Director Biography - Sami Mustonen

Sami Mustonen was born in 1988 in Oulu, Finland. Mustonen is a film director and cinematographer while working also as a 3D visualization specialist. He has worked for one of the biggest advertising agencies in Finland and been involved in countless commercials, along with making visual effects for several shorts and full feature films. 'Marras' is his debut short film.

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Director Statement

I have always been intrigued by the forgotten times – especially the times through humankind’s ancient history to the medieval era. The narrow and even brutal view of the world from those times allows endless possibilities to craft stories. Day-to-day activities reflected the supernatural beliefs; women’s rights were poor and child mortality rates high; and anyone standing out with unaccepted behavior or looks were disregarded and discriminated.

From these realities sets up the short film Marras. It is a story about a child's journey through loneliness and letting go. The undiscovered Nordic landscape acts as an unforgiving setting in a fight for life, but in the end, the true battle for survival is fought in her mind. To let go of the past is difficult, yet evident to move on – otherwise, the weight on the shoulders may keep her from taking yet another step.

'Marras' is part of the Finnish Film Foundation 2020 short film catalogue http://catalogue.ses.fi/movies/#filter=.shortfilms