A young woman, Iris, finds herself in a foreign city all alone, haunted by her past. She wanders the empty streets, until she meets a young man, Niko, who tries to dig deeper into her bleak past.

VIRTAUS is a Finnish short film made by a passionate team of young filmmakers.

  • Matias Raassina
  • Matias Raassina
  • Matias Raassina
  • Daniel Ahola
  • Emilia Sallinen
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  • Julius Kalliokoski
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Ahola
  • Mikko Laine
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    Drama, Mystery, Psychological
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    29 minutes 6 seconds
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    February 8, 2019
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Director Biography - Matias Raassina

I have been passionate about art, especially moving pictures and storytelling for all my life. This passion has taken me to spend most of my time creating original and aspiring art, in the mediums of; short films, 3D art and conceptual art.
But among all these, my greatest passion is storytelling via cinema. I have been making short films for as long as I can remember. Starting out with little vignettes that were filmed in our backyard with my sister while growing up in Finland. And later experimenting with stop-motion animation and finally getting my feet wet with finished short films STAR CROSSED (2018) and VIRTAUS (2019).
As a 21-year-old young man, I try to envision the future to the best of my capabilities. I am aspired to be a filmmaker, creating stories that will hopefully touch and make people look at the world from different perspectives. And amidst telling stories, I feel it is essential to develop one's artistic and personal palette to be better every single day. And hopefully help others on their journey to whatever it is they strive towards. Keep on living, and keep on achieving your dreams!

Matias Raassina

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Director Statement

We tend to go about our daily lives without actually stopping to listen or to look around us. The stories, experiences and thoughts people hold are extraordinary, we could learn so much more about this world and our society if we actually stopped and listened. I learned this while travelling in southern Spain in the spring of 2018. I met a person who had gone through a similar experience as Iris in our short film. Rather than asking about her past, I listened. And one night, that person opened up. That experience opened my eyes. It stuck with me, so I knew this was a story worth telling. This experience inspired me to write VIRTAUS.