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Laughing Matters

German Premiere
Director
Reetta Aalto
Release Year
2020
Country
Finland
Original Title
Naurun varjolla
Language
Finnish
Film Type
Full Feature
Genre
  • Drama
Producers

Sari Lempiäinen

Screenwriter
Anna Ruohonen
Special
  • German Premiere
  • Running Time
    88 Min.
    Having lost her long-term job as a soap opera writer, single and childless Maria (35) never has any good news to share with her childhood family. She is looking for a new direction in life. She takes a stand-up comedy course and winds up on a comedy contest tour with three other aspiring comedians, all with their own hangups. Life on tour soon proves to have its ups and downs, great gigs and disastrous ones, but bit by bit Maria learns to stand on her own two feet, not just onstage, but offstage too.

    Cast


    Elena Leeve (Maria), Joonas Saartamo (Tommi)

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    Director


    Reetta Aalto (*1976) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker who writes and directs fiction and documentary. Her films address questions of inner growth and identity. She aims to convey precise perceptions of life through a raw and realistic, yet warm and often humoristic touch. She holds an M.A. in Documentary Film from the Aalto University (ARTS) and an M.A. degree in Russian Language and Literature from Helsinki University. Her films include an award winning feature by seven female writer-directors, Force of Habit (2019); an official selection of the Hotdocs 2017 documentary, Grey Violet–Odd One Out (2017); and an award winning short animation, Pussy for Beginners (2015).