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  • Memory of Water

  • Original Title:
  • Veden vartija
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  • Year:
  • 2021

  • In a dystopian future world stripped of freshwater, Noria, an idealist tea master’s daughter, finds out that her strict father guards a secret freshwater spring. While the dystopian military government tightens its leash, Noria must learn to navigate alone after her father dies. From his things she discovers a deadly secret: there may still be more clean water left in an irradiated place called the Lost Lands. Noria’s cynical and downtrodden best friend Sanja is the only one she can trust – until Noria meets the stranger Taro, a kind man who comes to their village to find a solution to the water problem. As Noria’s secrets push her and Sanja apart, she grows closer to Taro – only to find out he’s lied about everything. Noria must escape, save Sanja and find out if there is still some hope in a world ravaged beyond recognition. 

    Director’s Statement: I intend to create futurism with minimalism. Use emptiness and bare geometrical compositions in the visual approach. Lapland has this unique landscape perfect for it. With layers that hide and reveal elements, I want to create a sense of tension and danger constantly present in totalitarian societies. I also see the film as a strong combination of realism and fabricated imagery. I want the overall mood, feel and look to be closer to a documentary than an uplifted science fiction film we immediately think of. 

  • Director:
  • Saara Saarela
  • Genre:
  • Science Finction, Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • Financing
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Bufo
    Misha Jaari
  • Sales Company:
  • Available
  • About the Director:
    Born in 1971, Saara Saarela has graduated from the University of Paris 8 and from Helsinki Film School. She has directed short films, television series and films like French political thriller La Vénitienne and Twisted Roots. Currently developing a psychological thriller in co-production with France, she is also working at Aalto University.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • Memory of Water Image
  • Memory of Water

  • Veden vartija
  • Year:
  • 2021

  • Director:
  • Saara Saarela
  • Genre:
  • Science Finction, Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • Financing
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Bufo
    Misha Jaari
  • Sales Company:
  • Available
  • In a dystopian future world stripped of freshwater, Noria, an idealist tea master’s daughter, finds out that her strict father guards a secret freshwater spring. While the dystopian military government tightens its leash, Noria must learn to navigate alone after her father dies. From his things she discovers a deadly secret: there may still be more clean water left in an irradiated place called the Lost Lands. Noria’s cynical and downtrodden best friend Sanja is the only one she can trust – until Noria meets the stranger Taro, a kind man who comes to their village to find a solution to the water problem. As Noria’s secrets push her and Sanja apart, she grows closer to Taro – only to find out he’s lied about everything. Noria must escape, save Sanja and find out if there is still some hope in a world ravaged beyond recognition. 

    Director’s Statement: I intend to create futurism with minimalism. Use emptiness and bare geometrical compositions in the visual approach. Lapland has this unique landscape perfect for it. With layers that hide and reveal elements, I want to create a sense of tension and danger constantly present in totalitarian societies. I also see the film as a strong combination of realism and fabricated imagery. I want the overall mood, feel and look to be closer to a documentary than an uplifted science fiction film we immediately think of. 

  • About the Director:
    Born in 1971, Saara Saarela has graduated from the University of Paris 8 and from Helsinki Film School. She has directed short films, television series and films like French political thriller La Vénitienne and Twisted Roots. Currently developing a psychological thriller in co-production with France, she is also working at Aalto University.