A Moment in the Reeds
Directed by MIKKO MAKELA
Leevi, who has been living in Paris while attending college, 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 handsome, soft-spoken recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, leaving them on their own, the two young men warily establish a connection that leads to a hot love affair set against the idyllic Finnish summer. Looming over the budding romance is the father’s imminent return, the inevitability of Leevi returning to Paris, as well as Tareq’s complex relationship with his family in Syria. Timely and thought provoking, writer-director Makela’s movie is also the first independent LGBT film ever made in Finland.