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Rabobesto - Or How I Saved a Monster

(Kuinka käänsin Rabobeston kylkiasentoon)
US Premiere

Director: Mari Mantela

Finland, 2021, 15 min

Shooting Format:ARRI Alexa Mini

Festival Year:2023

Category:Narrative Short

Genres:Drama, Fantasy, Surrealist, Art House

WINNER: Spirit Award

Cast:Alina Tomnikov

Crew:Writer: Mari Mantela. Co-creator: Alina Tomnikov. Producer: Klaus Heydemann. Head of Departments: Jani Kumpulainen, Milla Muurimäki, Maria Jännes, Riina Laine, Timo Peltola, Jukka Nurmela, Panu Aaltio.


On the verge of her marital life, a young woman makes a journey into the night to find out why she has lost her heartbeat and turned golden.


About the director

Director Mari Mantela studied film at the Aalto University in Helsinki, directing awarded short films which have been screened at the international festivals as well as in television in Finland and Sweden. For a decade Mantela worked internationally directing commercial productions and gained a strong visual style which often combines magical realism with classical and character driven storytelling. Mantela is currently working on her debut feature.


Filmmaker's note

The story of RABOBESTO – Or How I Saved a Monster deals with coping in an adult life molded by the past with an alcoholic parent.

The film is inspired by an actual interview and collaboration with the main actress Alina Tomnikov and the story contains autobiographical elements of Tomnikov´s life.

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