There Will Be Spring

There Will Be Spring is a harrowing drama about war broken people in 1940’s Finland hovering between desire and hate.

Harrowing drama about war broken people in 1940’s Finland. Young Anni and her family flee home as Russian battlefront is getting closer. Life in new community is embroidered by prejudice between the family and natives. Hatred don't stop Anni's sensual awakening and desire for a man disguised by her family. Secret seems to be safe until harmless hay robbery leads to consequences that couldn't be predicted just when spring is bursting out.

There Will Be Spring is a harrowing drama about forbidden love and people broken by war at the end of 40's Finland.

It is beginning of Continuation War and the battlefront near Russian border is getting closer. Young Anni and her family have to flee their home. They are forced to start building new life from nothing surrounded by hostile locality in a small village in intern Finland. From there on their daily life is hard work, prejudice and hate between Orthodox family and Lutheran locals.

All the misery don't stop Anni's sensual awakening and desire for married local man, Tauno. She doesn't understand though why he doesn't give himself entirely to her. Anni is trying to keep her complex relationship to the whole family's bully in secret but harmless hay robbery by her brothers leads to consequences that couldn't be predicted. Fateful chain of events storms onward just when spring is bursting out and Anni's believe in better future had awaken.

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

  • 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
    Film Editor
    Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara (fi: Lauri Mäntyvaaran tuuheet ripset), Almost 18 (fi: Kohta 18), Mercy All the Way (fi: Säälistäjät)
  • Sari Antikainen
    Film Editor
  • 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:
    235,000 EUR
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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.