When filmmaker Mari Soppela took her children and husband to live for a year on a sacred mountain in her native Finland, she was fulfilling a lifelong dream to share the arctic wilderness of her childhood with her family. But when, years later her children turn the camera onto her she is forced to confront her motivation for filming their lives in this searching and searingly honest cinematic exploration of identity, belonging and motherhood. Filmed over the course of 27 years, Mother Land challenges us all to examine the landscapes we carry within us and the narratives we create to make sense of our lives.
Director’s interview on Cinatura.
“Mari Soppela’s film career stems from homesickness.”
– Terttu Pohtila, Kemijärvi: Koti-Lappi, 2022
“The empty nest syndrome hits most mothers.”
– Veera Vasara, Rovaniemi: Lapin Kansa, 2022