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There Will Be Spring

There Will Be Spring is harrowing drama about people broken by war at the end of 1940’s Finland. Young Anni and her family flee home as Russian battlefront is getting closer.

Life in new community in intern Finland is
embroidered by prejudice between the Orthodox family and Lutheran locals.

Hatred don’t stop Anni’s sensual
awakening and desire for married local man
disguised by her family. She doesn’t understand though why he doesn’t give himself entirely to her.

Secret seems to be safe until harmless hay robbery leads to consequences that couldn’t be predicted just when spring is bursting out.

(Extra information: There Will Be Spring is world's first feature fiction where Karelian language is spoken as a main language of the film)

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Jussi-palkinto – Finnish Film Award (2021)
Nomination for the Best Cinematography 2020 – d.o.p. Jarmo Kiuru f.s.c.

  • Annika Grof
    Within Limits (fi: Liikkumavara)
  • Annika Grof
    Within Limits (fi: Liikkumavara)
  • Asta Sveholm
    Key Cast
  • Turkka Mastomäki
    Key Cast
    "Tauno Varis (eng: Mr Crow)"
    Hotel Swan Helsinki, Bordertown (fi: Sorjonen), Aallonmurtaja, Keisari Aarnio
  • Verneri Lilja
    Key Cast
    "Manu (little brother)"
  • Sari Havas
    Key Cast
    Vieraat, Taivaan tulet, Lehmän vuosi, Frozen City (FI: Valkoinen kaupunki), Flowers and Binding (fi: Kukkia & sidontaa), Häjyt
  • Timo Lavikainen
    Key Cast
    "Matti (big brother)"
    Risto Räppääjä ja pullistelija, Lapland Odyssey 1-3 (fi: Napapiirin sankarit 1-3), Heart of a Lion (fi: Leijonasydän), Koirankynnen leikkaaja, Pearls and Pigs (fi: Helmiä ja sikoja), Pitkä kuuma kesä
  • Jarmo Kiuru
    Games People Play (fi: Seurapeli), Force of Habit (fi: Tottumiskysymys), Two Bodies on a Beach (fi: Kaksi ruumista rannalla)
  • Niclas Warius
    Set Designer
  • Hanna Hirvonen
    Costume Designer
  • Niina Niskanen
    Makeup Desiger
    Bordertown (fi: Sorjonen)
  • Joon Tervakari
    Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara, Almost 18, Mercy All the Way, The Other Voice (2022)
  • Sari Antikainen
  • Ville Riippa
    Music composer
    Within Limits (fi: Liikkumavara), Dark Floors
  • Mikko Mäkeläinen
    Sound Designer
  • Jari Olavi Rantala
    As a writer: Deadwind (fi: Karppi), Heavy Trip (fi: Hevi reissu), The Unknown Soldier 2017 (fi: Tuntematon sotilas 2017), 8-Ball (fi: 8-pallo), Käsky, Frozen Land (fi: Paha maa)
  • Joon Tervakari
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Syksyn jälkeen saapuu kevät
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    1 hour 13 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    374,000 EUR
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  • Jussi-palkinto – Finnish Film Award (2021)

    Nomination for the Best Cinematography 2020 – d.o.p. Jarmo Kiuru f.s.c.
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival
    June 17, 2021
    International Premiere (Online)
  • Red Carpet Festival
    August 30, 2020
  • Espoo Ciné IFF
    August 27, 2020
    World Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Elisa Viihde / Viaplay
    Country: Finland
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Tarasow Films (theatrical premiere in Finland 28.8.2020)
    Country: Finland
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Annika Grof

Annika Grof is a filmmaker based in Karjaa, Finland. She works as a director and scriptwriter on film, tv and commercial productions. She has graduated as a film director from University of Industrial Arts Helsinki in 2009. She studied documentary film and she has always worked within different genres including both documentary and fictive material. Her first feature film was broadly awarded documentary, Within Limits (2010), which takes spectator behind the scenes of Finnish parliament. There Will Be Spring is Annika's first fiction feature and because of its themes it was a passion project from day one. Annika is already working with the next script which is inspired by climate change and human beings endless capability to denile.

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Director Statement

In 2015, EU countries offered asylum to almost 300 000 refugees. Also the Finnish people were touched by the wave of immigrants in various ways. The intrusion of war into our European lives built up feelings and thoughts we hadn't encountered in decades. In the middle of that I wanted to write a story about the complicated relationship between the people who had to leave their homes and those who in the alien country offered a new one. Through the themes of the story I wanted to ponder the universal difficulty of encountering each other. In There Will Be Spring, young Anni's courage to be open to new life meanwhile the conflict between her brothers and the locals only increases. Anni's sensual awakening gets dangerous in the situation where reciprocal approval is still afar. Eventually only tragic events can make room for mutual understanding.