The Midwife

Sun 10 July / Cinemobile / 12.00 / 2015 / Finland, Lithuania / 110min
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“Packed with incident and spectacle, The Midwife is a deluxe melodrama shot with great visual swagger.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Finland, 1944. The country is shaken by the Lapland War, a conflict between Germany and Finland. Helena, a small community’s midwife meets the Nazi officer Johannes. She is attracted to the mysterious stranger and follows him to the prisoner of war camp where he serves to start working as a nurse.

They develop a wild and passionate relationship. Yet their burning love neither removes the traumatic war images that haunt the officer nor the gruesome secrets hiding behind the walls of the camp.

Official selection: Busan IFF 2015
Official selection: Rome IFF 2015
Official selection: Helsinki IFF 2015

Director Antti J. Jokinen
Cast Krista Kosonen, Lauri Tilkanen, Tommi Korpela, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Leea Klemola, Seppo Pääkkönen, Elina Knihtilä, Johannes Brotherus
Script Antti J. Jokinen, Katja Kettu
Producers Markus Selin, Jukka Helle

Presented with the support of The Finnish Film Foundation.