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STUPID YOUNG HEART HÖLMÖ NUORI SYDÄN NORDIC & BALTIC OSCAR CONTENDERS
January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$7 – $12
In this atypical coming-of-age drama selected as Finland’s contender for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, Stupid Young Heart uses the nine-month lead up to a life-changing event to explore contemporary connections between manhood, race, and nationalism in an economically depressed Finnish suburb.
Carefree 15-year old Lenni and his longtime crush, the popular dancer Kiira, are nowhere near ready for adulthood when, after a casual hookup at a party, Kiira discovers that she’s pregnant. But when they decide to keep the baby, the search for independence brings them into complicated new territory as their prospects for jobs and stability prove increasingly elusive. And when Lenni’s insecurities about providing for the coming child lead him to seek advice from his new friend Janne — a member of a far-right group plotting against the growing Somali population — the young couple’s challenges are complicated further as they are drawn into the all-too-real events being faced by immigrant communities throughout Europe.
As their due date approaches, both Kiira and Lenni must question what parenthood means to them; and more importantly, what world they want to bring their new child into. Directed by Selma Vilhunen (Finland, 2018)