A Moment in the Reeds


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