Unique: Alli Haapasalo’s World Cinema competitors entry zooms in on the earth-moving results and perils of past love — and intercourse.
Although this yr’s Sundance Movie Pageant is going virtual-only for the second time in a row, that doesn’t imply there nonetheless isn’t a lot to be enthusiastic about. Whereas buzzy, star-driven titles like Lena Dunham’s “Sharp Stick” and Phyllis Nagy’s “Name Jane” put ladies’s points entrance and middle, there are various under-the-radar titles that additionally think about love and sexuality from a feminine viewpoint. Living proof: “Lady Image,” the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic competitors entry from Finnish director Alli Haapasalo.
The movie, centered on the experiences of three younger ladies coming of age and into love and intercourse, premieres January 24 as a part of the Sundance lineup. Unique to IndieWire, watch the electrical first trailer beneath.
Right here’s the official synopsis: “Finest pals Mimmi and Rönkkö have one another’s backs, at all times. They wish to reside adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and keenness. Emma, quite the opposite, has given her entire life to determine skating. Nothing will get between her and success. However when the ladies meet, life opens new paths, they usually all rocket in new instructions. Whereas Mimmi and Emma expertise the earth-moving results of past love, Rönkkö is on a quest to seek out pleasure. Three Fridays is all it takes to show their worlds the wrong way up.”
Haapasalo beforehand directed the movies “Love and Fury” and “Pressure of Behavior.” The forged on this newest movie consists of Aamu Milonoff, Eleonoora Kauhanen, Linnea Leino, Sonya Lindfors, Cécile Orblin, Oona Airola, and Mikko Kauppila. “Lady Image” is written by Ilona Ahti and Daniela Hakulinen.
Per Sundance, “‘Lady Image’ manifests its uninhibited characters’ youthful power and well facilities the chemistry between its three terrific leads. Throughout the movie’s tender, humorous exploration of the fears and confusions of discovering one’s id and sexuality, a refreshingly optimistic portrait of the ability of feminine friendship emerges. Writers Daniela Hakulinen and Ilona Ahti persistently current the movie’s teen protagonists as advanced people, whereas director Alli Haapasalo, reasonably than aestheticizing the ladies’ femininity, vibrantly depicts their trials and tribulations by their very own eyes.”
Different Finnish titles on the pageant included the World Cinema Documentary competitors title “The Mission,” and Midnight entry “Hatching.”