Project Description

Creative documentary

Award-winning feature documentary about the tragic tribulations of film director Soppela’s Finnish family.

Kari Soppela Mari Soppela Tyyne Tuomaala Eeva Ruopsa Pekka Soppela Irma Soppela Sirpa Niinilehto

Writer and director Mari Soppela
Cinematography Timo Peltonen Mari Soppela
Sound mixer Tero Malmberg
Composer Leo Anemaet
Editor Mari Soppela
Image compositing Reinier van Brummelen
Co-producer Claes Olsson
Producers Mari Soppela Kees Kasander
In co-production with Yle/Iikka Vehkalahti
With support of The Netherlands Film Fund O&O

Premiered at the International Film Festival Tampere 2002 in Finland

Director’s interview in 2015
Ohjaajan haastattelu v. 2015


2003 Nordisk Panorama 2003 / Main Award
2002 Quality Prize Ministry of Culture Finland
2002 International Film Festival Tampere / Main Prize

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“Small film, great class.”
– Leo Bankersen, Nijmegen: De Gelderlander, 2002 (NL)

“Family Files makes it clear where the digital revolution can lead.”
– Ronald Ockhuysen, Rotterdam: De Volkskrant, 2002 (NL)