17-years old Sami is taken to a mental hospital. The boy doesn’t talk or show his feelings. Sami’s mother does not accept
that her son was involuntarily taken from her. Sami would certainly be much better at home.

Sami’s new roommate Rudolf would prefer staying at the hospital for good. A strange relationship develops between the two boys. A dedicated nurse, Taneli takes effort to reach Sami and find out what has caused his illness.

Homesick is a film about vulnerability, care and hope.

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Title

Homesick

Original Title

Koti-ikävä

Production Year

2005

Genre

Drama

Length

85 min

Language

Finnish

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Cast

Sami

Julius Lavonen

Marjo

Tarja Heinula

Taneli

Janne Virtanen

Crew

Director

Petri Kotwicka

Script

Petri Kotwicka, Selma Vilhunen

Cinematography

Harri Räty

Editing

Anne Lakanen

Sound Design

Kyösti Väntänen

Music

Tapani Rinne & DJ Slow

Producers

Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg

Festivals

Cannes Film Festival, Marché du Film, France 2005

Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland 2005

NOMINATED FOR NORDIC DEBYTANT AMANDA, New Norwegian Film Festival Haugesund, Norway 2005

Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Finland 2005

IN COMPETITION Nordische Filmtage, Lübeck, Germany 2005

IN COMPETITION The International Film Festival “Pure dreams — Deboshir Film VIII”, St Petersburg, Russia 2005

Roshd International Film Festival, Iran 2005

Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden 2005

IN COMPETITION Castellinaria, International Festival of Films for Youth, Bellinzona, Switzerland 2005

Black Nigths Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia 2005

Scandinavian Film Festival, LA, CA, USA 2006

Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway 2006

Berlinale, European Film Market, Germany 2006

BUFF International Children´s Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden 2006

Nordic film festival, Helsingborg, Sweden 2006

Kristiansand International Children´s Film Festival,Norway 2006

Finnish Film Week, Moscow, Russia 2006

Aarhus Festival of Indipendant Arts, Denmark 2006

Zlin 2006 – 46th International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Czech Republic 2006

IN COMPETITION Ariff, Hungary 2006

IN COMPETITION FICI, Madrid, Spain 2007

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