• Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival


One night at a hot-dog stand in Finnish Lapland, a commitment-phobic party animal, Aurora, meets Iranian Darian. Darian suddenly asks her to marry him. Darian needs to marry a Finnish woman to get an asylum for himself and his daughter. Aurora turns him down, as she is busy working as a nail technician and plans to move to Norway, away from her shit life. However, after meeting his sweet daughter, Aurora agrees to help him. As Aurora introduces numerous women to Darian, the two of them grow close. When the perfect wife candidate comes along, Darian and Aurora are faced with a difficult choice: pretend to be happy or to finally stop running.

Director’s bio

Miia Tervo (b. 1980) is an award winning writer and director from Finnish Lapland. Her short films have been screened and awarded around the world. The Little Snow Animal (2010) was EFA-nominated in 2010. Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness (2015) was also screened around the globe from Palms Springs to Obernhousen and was competing for Prix Europe. Tervo’s other short films include Santra and the Talking Trees and The Seal. Tervo’s debut feature fiction premiers as the opening film Gothenburg Film Festival in 2019.


Miia Tervo




Miia Tervo


Arsen Sarkisiants


Antti Reikko


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