Mari Soppela

Mari Soppela

Photo: Sanna Anemaet

RESUME

22 December 2022

Name: Mari Soppela
Nationalities: Finnish, Dutch
Occupation: Documentary film director and producer
Education: MA, Middlesex University, London UK

I am a Finnish born artist and documentary filmmaker from Amsterdam. Since early 1990’s I have worked in the fields of cross-media design and documentary film. My primary tools are the video camera and the computer.

In 2006, I set up a film production company LPMA Productions in Finland. I have since produced four of the five films I’ve directed, which are all international coproductions. As the main producer I have been artistically, financially and legally responsible of the documentaries. Before my film career I was an internationally acclaimed new media designer and artist.

High point:
Cinema release It’s Raining Women in March 2023 in The Netherlands

Low point:
The court case of Family Files

FILMOGRAPHY

2022 IT’S RAINING WOMEN
Creative documentary, 86 min | Writer, director of photography, editor and director Mari Soppela | Creative producer Kees Kasander | Motion graphics designer Irma de Vries | Sketch Artist Sanna Anemaet | Co-producers Hlin Johannisdottir/Ursus Parvus (IS), Julia Ton Bruno Felix Femke Wolting/Submarine (NL) | In co-production with Erkko Lyytinen/Yle (FI) | Commissioning editor Claudia Bucher/Arte G.E.I.E. (FR) | With support of Outi Rousu/AVEK (FI), Piia Nokelainen/The Finnish Film Foundation (FI), Anna María Karlsdottír/The Icelandic Film Centre (IS), Thu Ha Nguyen Thi/The Netherlands Film Fund (NL) | Producer Mari Soppela/LPMA Productions (FI)
2022: Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (FI) | Docventures/Yle2, 4.2.2022 | Yle Areena 4.2.2022 – 4.5.2022 | 56th Hofer International Film Festival (DE)
2023: Filmmuseum München, 20.3.2023 (DE) | Cinema release Amstelfilm 9 March 2023 (NL)

2021 MOTHER LAND
Creative documentary, 79 min| Writer, director of photography, editor and director Mari Soppela | Creative producer Cornelis Kasander | Music composers Ilari Anemaet Leo Anemaet | Sound design Leo Anemaet | In association with Erkko Lyytinen/Yle | Producers Mari Soppela Leo Anemaet, LPMA Productions (FI)
2022: Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (FI) | Yle Areena 2.5.2022-1.4.2024 | Yle Teema 8.5.2022 & 19.5.2022 & 20.6.2022 | 36th Pärnu International Film Festival | Pyhä Unplugged 2022 | Yle Teema 5.2. & 6.2. & 10.2.2022 |
2023: Yle Teema 15.1.2023

2015 WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK
Creative documentary, 70 min | Writer, editor and director Mari Soppela | Cinematography Leo Anemaet | Editor Mari Soppela | Creative producer Kees Kasander | In Co-production with Iikka Vehkalahti/Yle (FI) | With support of Avek/Timo Korhonen and Outi Rousu (FI) | The Netherlands Film Fund (NL) | Producer Mari Soppela/LPMA Productions (FI) |
2015: Tampere Film Festival (FI) | Yle1, 2.2.2015 | Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Festival (FI)

2008 HOME RECORDINGS
Creative documentary, 75 min | Writer and director Mari Soppela | Cinematography Ruzbeh Babol | Editors Leo Anemaet and Mari Soppela | Music composition Leo Anemaet | Singers mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen and baritone Pieter Hendriks | Producers Mari Soppela and Leo Anemaet/LPMA Productions (FI) | Co-producers Ruth Waldburger/Vega Film (CH), Bob Visser/Neon Media (NL) | In co-production with Paul Riniker and Urs Augustburger/SF Schweizer Fernsehen (CH) and Erkki Astala/Yle Co-productions (FI) | With support of Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst (NL), Rotterdam Fonds voor de Film en audiovisuele media, Avek/Timo Humaloja (FI), The Netherlands Film Fund (NL) | Producers Mari Soppela Leo Anemaet, LPMA Productions (FI)
2013: Teema-Yle, 8.8.2013 |
2011: Yle1, 21.12.2011 |
2010: SF Schweizer Fernsehen, 17.2.2010 | 2010: The Solothurn Film Festival (CH) |
2009: Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH) | Pärnu Film Festival (EE) | The Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht (NL) |
2008: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

2002 FAMILY FILES
Creative documentary, 72 min | Writer, editor and director Mari Soppela | Cinematography Timo Peltonen | Sound mixer Tero Malmberg | Music Composer and Sound designer Leo Anemaet | Producer Kees Kasander/The Kasander Film Company (NL) | Co-producer Claes Olsson/Kinoproduction (FI) | In co-production with Iikka Vehkalahti/Yle2 (FI) | With support of The Netherlands Film Fund, O&O (NL)
2019: Yle Teema, 9.1.2019 |
2018: Yle Teema, 29.7.2018 |
2017: Yle Teema, 28.11.2017 |
2015: Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival |

2004: Festival du Cinema Nordique, Rouen (FR) | Sarajevo Winter Festival (BiH) | FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz (FR) Tromso International Film Festival (NO) |
2003: Bergen International Film Festival (NO) | Nordisk Panorama, Malmö (SE) |
2002: Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei (CN) | Ismailia International Film Festival (EG) | Nederlandse Film Festival, Utrecht (NL) | Docuzone cinemas Amsterdam, Breda, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Utrecht 30.5.-5.6.2002 (NL) | Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (FI) | Tampere Film Festival (FI)

CROSS MEDIA ART & DESIGN (selection)

2022 RAININGWOMENMOVIE.COM | Website
2022 SACREDMOUNTAINFILM.COM | Website
2020 ANEMAET.COM | Website
2015 LPMA.NL | Website
2005 VIDEOLETTERS | TV leader and titles | Eric van den Broek & Katarina Rejger
2004 26000 GEZICHTEN | Leader | Co-design Reinier van Brummelen | Interakt (NL)
2000 HEIMOLA | Interactive installation
2000: DEAF_00, V2, Unstable Media, Rotterdam (NL)
1998 FAMILY FILES CDROM | Mediamatic | The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture
In permanent collections: Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki (FI) | Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Video-Forum (D) |
2015: Welcome to the Future, Brussels (BE)
2003: Dissonanze – duemilatre, Roma (IT)
1999: Pakattu – maailma rompuilla, Helsinki (FI) | SWR>> Die 50 Besten, Sudwest-TV (D)
1998: Festival Video de Navarra (ES) | Videolisboa, Lissabon (PT) | Online@Offline, Tallinn (EE) | Videonale 8, Bonn (D) | Anticipation, Centre pour l’Image Contemporaire, Geneve (CH) | Avecom, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem (NL) | Festival of Film and New Media on, Athens (GR) | Transmediale, Berlin (D) | Rotterdam International Film Festival (NL) 
1997: Microwave Festival, Hong Kong (UK)
1994 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Interaction and interface design and programming | Mediamatic | The Netherlands Design Institute
1993 TRUTHTABLE | Interactive video installation
1994: Foro Artistico, Hannover (D) | 1993: Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
1992 LUMI Hybrid video with 3D animation of particle systems
1994: Hong Kong International Film Festival (UK) | 1993: London Film Festival (UK)
1989 STORY OF EYE | Video installation | Co-artist Stella Barnes
1989: Inauguration Oulu Museum of Art (FI)

1989 JÄKÄLÄ | Video art
1990: Yle TV1 (FI) | 1989: Kuopio International Video Festival (FI)

1988 UNI | My first video
1989: Yle TV1 (FI)

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2022 IT’S RAINING WOMEN | Nomination for Docpoint Yle Award, Docpoint Helsinki (FI)
2015 WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK | Nomination, Tampere Film Festival (FI)
2003 FAMILY FILES | Main Prize, Nordisk Panorama (SE)
2002 FAMILY FILES | Quality Grant, Ministry of Culture Finland (FI)
2002 FAMILY FILES | Main Prize, Tampere Film Festival (FI)
1999 FAMILY FILES CDROM | Nomination for International Award for Video, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Meta Design Award, Interactive Media Festival, Los Angeles (USA)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | 1st Prize New Voices, New Visions, Wired Magazine, NY (USA)
1995 DOORS OF PERCEPTION CDROM | Nomination for Rotterdam Design Prize (NL)

MEMBERSHIP

2022 The Documentary Association of Europe
2021 Dokumenttikilta ry
2015-2017 EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network
2002-2014 Dutch Directors Guild

PRESS AND MEDIA (selection)

2022 ULKOSUOMALAISUUS SYNNYTTI DOKUMENTARISTIN, Riikka Mahlamäki-Kaistinen, Helsinki: Suomen Silta (FI)
2022 ÄIDINMAA ON KAUNIS MUISTELUDOKUMENTTI, Hanna Kytölä, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2022 ÄIDINMAA KERTOO REHELLISESTI PERHEDYNAMIIKASTA, Anu Räsänen, Helsinki: Seura (FI)
2022 PALKOILLAKIN ON LASIKATTO, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2022 MARI SOPPELA ON KUVANNUT DOKUMENTEISSAAN AVOIMESTI PERHETTÄÄN, Terttu Pohtila, Kemijärvi: Koti-Lappi (FI)
2022 JUURISTA, ÄITIYDESTÄ JA TASA-ARVOSTA, Veera Vasara, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2022 FEMINISTISIÄ LEFFATÄRPPEJÄ DOCPOINT-FESTIVAALILLE, Minerva Aalto, Helsinki: Tulva (FI)
2018 THE ENEMY IN CONTEMPORARY FILM, Löschnigg, Martin / Sokołowska-Paryż, Marzena, Berlin: De Gruyter (DE)
2017 MARI SOPPELA KERTOO SUKUNSA TARINAN ELOKUVASSA FAMILY FILES, Seija Lappalainen, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2017 KIISTELTY DOKUMENTTI HAUTAUTUI VUOSIKSI, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2017 FAMILY FILES – PALKITTU DOKUMENTTI TV:SSÄ ENSI KERTAA, Lauri Itäkangas, Helsinki: Yle (FI)
2016 FINNISH HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES AS HISTORY CULTURE, Jukka Kortti, Helsinki: Studies in Documentary Film (FI)
2015 SAKSALAISSUKUA ETSIMÄSSÄ, Siru Valleala, Helsinki: Ilta-Sanomat (FI)
2015 VEM FAN SER NU I MÖRKRET!, Pia Ingström, Helsingfors: Huvudstadsbladet (FI)
2015 KUKA PIRU PIMEÄSSÄ NÄKEE, Onnimanni Liukkonen, Helsinki: TV-maailma (FI)
2015 WHO THE DEVIL CAN SEE IN THE DARK, Antti Alanen, Helsinki: Film blog (FI)
2015 SODAN GEENIPERIMÄ, Jonna Tapanainen, Helsinki: Me Naiset (FI)
2014 EXPANDING PRACTICES IN AUDIOVISUAL NARRATIVE, Raivo Kelomees, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK)
2013 YHTEISTÄ SÄVELTÄ ETSIMÄSSÄ, Kirsikka Arkimies, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2013 RAKKAUS VAIN KATOSI, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2008 ELOKUVA PELASTI PARISUHTEEN, Helsinki: Harri Römpötti, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2008 SCENES UIT MIJN HUWELIJK, Marijn van der Jagt, Amsterdam: Vrij Nederland (NL)
2007 ENNEN JA JÄLKEEN TUOMIOPÄIVÄN, Marjukka Vakkuri, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa (FI)
2007 PYHÄTUNTURILLA TEHDÄÄN KANSAINVÄLISTÄ LASTENELOKUVAA, Tynkkynen, Pohjois-Suomen Uutiset, Rovaniemi: Yle (FI)
2007 KÄRÄJÄOIKEUS HYLKÄSI SUKULAISTEN SYYTTEET ELOKUVAOHJAAJAA VASTAAN, Eeva Palm, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2007 TUOMIOPÄIVÄN ODOTUSTA TUNTURIN JUURELLA, Eeva Palm, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2007 SALAISET KANSIOT | Inhimillinen Tekijä | Helena Itkonen | YLE2 (FI)
2004 MOTION TO DISMISSAL FAMILY FILES, Hannele Selin-Hakala, Tampere District Prosecutor (FI)
2004 BETWEEN A DOC AND A HARD PLACE, Archie Thomas, London: Variety Magazine (UK)
2004 GODARDIN TUOTTAJA ISKEYTYI MUKAAN, Sirpa Heikkinen, Oulu: Kaleva (FI)
2004 SUKULAISET LOUKKAANTUVAT DOKUMENTISTA, Leena Virtanen, Helsinki: Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
2002 TUSSEN DE REINDIEREN, Ronald Ockhuysen, Amsterdam: De Volkskrant (NL)
2002 KLEINE FILM GROTE KLASSE, Leo Bankersen, Nijmegen: De Gelderlander (NL)
2002 EINDELOOS DELENDE EGO-SPLITSCREENS, Dana Linssen, Rotterdam: NRC Handelsblad (NL)
2002 PISTÄVÄN KAUNIS PERHE-ELOKUVA, Markus Määttänen, Tampere: Aamulehti (FI)
2001 NATURE IS NEVER WRONG, Arjen Mulder, Amsterdam: Het fotografisch genoegen (NL)
1999 HOME TRUTH, Pauline Bax, New York: Interactions, ACM (USA)
1998 MARI SOPPELA PASSIKUVASSA | Arvo Tuominen | YLE1 (FI)
1998 MARI SOPPELA, Mike Leggett, Sydney: World Art (AU)
1998 FAMILY FILES CDROM, Geert-Jan Strengholt, Amsterdam: Montevideo (NL)
1998 MARI SOPPELA’S FAMILY FILES, Dirk van Weelden, Amsterdam: Mediamatic Magazine (NL)
1997 MARI SOPPELA, Rene Pingen, Amsterdam: Bulletin (NL)