The award-winning and critics' opinions dividing directorial debut film of Roope Olenius is a mixture of mystery, black-humor and hillbilly horror. Balancing between a failed relationship, uninspiring studies and financial problems, the headstrong textile student Irina finds herself stuck in the modern rat race. To overcome her problems she decides to accept an unexpected summer job offer at the secluded and self-sufficient village of Kyrsyä. As Irina begins to get a grip of herself in the middle of the endless Finnish forest, the harmless and offbeat hillbillies begin to reveal their true nature.
Director: Roope Olenius
Writers: Roope Olenius, Neea Viitamäki (based on the play)
Cast: Veera W. Vilo, Saara Elina, Miikka J. Anttila, Ria Kataja, Neea Viitamäki, Ari Savonen, Janne-Markus Katila
Producers: Roope Olenius, Veera W. Vilo, Miikka J. Anttila
Production: Bright Fame Pictures
Co-Production: Tapahtumatuotanto Kolmas Pyörä, Hiski Show
Kyrsyä – Tuftland is a mixture of thriller, mystery and hillbilly horror accompanied with Twin Peaks style black humour. It’s a Finnish take on films such as the Wicker Man and Rosemary’s Baby, presented in the beautiful and endless landscapes of Finland.
The female driven film revolves around a headstrong textile student Irina (Veera W. Vilo), who tries to overcome her problems by accepting a summer job offer from an isolated and offbeat village of Kyrsyä. As Irina begins to get a grip of herself, the harmless and offbeat hillbillies begin to reveal their true nature.
The feature film is director-producer Roope Olenius' first feature film and it is based on an original play of the same name written by Neea Viitamäki.
"In addition to the fact that the story discusses extremely important topics, it does it with a very raw and objective voice, which for me was very fascinating from the getgo. It was important for me to tell this exact story at this point of my life because it really allowed me to throw my questions into the film and at the same time transform myself into a better person. Even though the story is fictive and in ways goes over the top, it points out some mindsets and behaviour patterns that currently take place in Western countries and especially in Finland, which for me was a way to connect with the story. The possibility to make a film that has the potential to challenge the audience to think about their own values and opinions in life, is, for me, the whole point of filmmaking."