Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.
A response to the dearth of queer narratives in Finnish cinema, A Moment in the Reeds is one of the first independent LGBT-themed films made in the country. Viewing Finland from the perspectives both of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in an exploration of contemporary Finnish society and national identity.
"Mikko Makela’s stunning debut...is a very welcome and refreshingly frank portrait of contemporary Finnish society."
- BFI London Film Festival
Written, Directed & Produced by Mikko Makela
Jarno Pimperi - Producer / Assistant Director
James Watson - Producer
William R. Carter - Executive Producer
Stuart Malcolm Honey - Associate Producer
Iikka Salminen - Director of Photography
Janne Häkkinen - First assistant camera
Jenni Riutta - First assistant camera
Jaakko Kautto - Sound Recordist
Mikko Makela - Editor
Kati Silo - Stylist
Janne Puustinen - Leevi
Boodi Kabbani - Tareq
Mika Melender - Jouko
Virpi Rautsiala - Pirjo