Family Files

Mari Soppela Long documentary - 2002 - 78 min.

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The tragic suicide of her second cousin Pekka urges director Mari Soppola to return to the village of Ruopsa in Lapland after many years, where her family leads a secluded life. She seizes the opportunity to search for her roots. Basing herself on letters, photographs, home movies and conversations with relatives and acquaintances, she reconstructs a history spanning four generations. It starts with her great-grandfather Oskari Soppola (1888-1963), who settles in Ruopsa. He builds the house 'Heimola', where nearly all of his descendants grow up. While reconstructing her grandmother Helvi's life, the director discovers the first indications of a tragic pattern that seems to repeat itself in each generation. Familie Files was initially set up as a CD-ROM. The film contains a.o. beautiful split-screen images of the imposing Finnish landscape.


Director(s) Mari Soppela
Script Mari Soppela
Producer(s) Kees Kasander
Production Company
Kasander Film
Kinoproduction Oy
Claes Olsson
Director of Photography
Timo Peltonen
Mari Soppela
Production Design
Hugo Dijkstal Audio Postproductie
Tero Malmberg
Olli Pärnänen
Sound on Set
Tero Malmberg
Visual Effects
Production Country