How to pick berries (Miten marjoja poimitaan)

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Part 1 of the Festival programme

Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. The locals grow restless – things are changing, secret berry spots are revealed and everything is getting uncomfortable. Who is to blame and who is profiting from all this? HOW TO PICK BERRIES is an exploration of the Finnish mind and the absurdities of the global economy.

From Finland
19 min

Bristol Short Film Nominee 2012

DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY: Elina Talvensaari
WRITTEN BY: Elina Talvensaari& Mauro Fariñas
SOUND: Pinja Mäki
EDITOR: Markus Leppälä
ORIGINAL SCORE: PinjaMäki & TommiMäki

About ElinaTalvensaari

Elina Talvensaari began her studies with anthropology and sociology at Helsinki University. While finishing her Master’s Degree, she switched to film studies, majoring in documentary directing. HOW TO PICK BERRIES is her graduation film for a Bachelor’s degree at Aalto University, Helsinki.

Q&A with the director

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?
After the period of writing it silently in my head, which doesn’t count, it took about ten months to finish the film. The shooting took about ten days, spread over three months, and the rest was editing and sound design etc. Financing came from the ELO Film School, it is part of the studies.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

It brings to my mind the rich and heterogeneous history of European cinema. There’s Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Chris Marker and all those great filmmakers. That’s the ground on which the living part of the community grows. Hopefully it will get even more alive!

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

It would be a long night! THE MIRROR by Jafar Panahi, SOMEWHERE by Sofia Coppola, THE BEACHES OF AGNES by Agnès Varda, MY WINNIPEG by Guy Maddin and to stop all the happiness BLOOD OF THE BEAST by Georges Franju. Oh, and WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Andrea Arnold! And LESSONS OF DARKNESS by Herzog.

What is your next project?
Before I always said it was about love and economy, but it really doesn’t have much to do with love. I won’t say too much but the working title is WOMEN ON BRIDGE. It’s a reflection about intimacy, I guess.

Online teaser


Bratislava International Film Festival 2010 : Best Short Film

Encounters International Film Festival 2011 : Brief Encounters award

Tampere International Short Film Festival 2011 : Best Documentary

On the web

. How To Pick Berries-IMBd
. Mauro Fariñas
. European Film Academy Short Film

Film contacts:

Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and
ELO Film School Helsinki
Saara Toivanen
Hämeentie 135 C
00560 Helsinki
tel. +358 50 331 7754
fax +358 9 634 303


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