Cannes Critics Week, Concorto, Nordisk Panorama
On a winter evening Dad returns home drunk. Tiger is in his room and Mom is sleeping on the couch. A quarrel breaks out. Dad has a shotgun. Tiger and Mom escape the house. Haunting silence falls. Tiger must return inside to see what has happened – and to take the first steps towards independence.
Mikko Myllylahti (27.5.1980) was born and raised in Northern Finland, in a small town called Tornio. He has a background in poetry, his first collection Autojen kuumat moottorit kotiinpaluun jälkeen (The Heated Engines of Cars After Home-Coming) was published in 2003 to critical acclaim and was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Award. Since then he has written three other collections of poetry. His third book Väyläwon the prestigious Kalevi Jäntti Literature Prize in 2012. Urged by his mother, who insisted that his poet son should also study something, Mikko applied to film schools and finally graduated as a Master of Arts in Screenwriting and Fiction Directing from ELO Helsinki Film School. His short films include Kurjuuden kuningas (Love in Vain), which premiered in Locarno IFF Pardi di Domani 2009, and Pyramidi (The Pyramid) which won the Student Prize in Tampere ISFF in 2012. He has also directed a novella film Käsilaukku (The Handbag) produced by Aamu Film Company and written by Auli Mantila which was funded by the YLE (National Broadcasting Company) and Finnish Film Foundation and it was selected to the Nordisk Panorama 2013 to compete for the Best Nordic Short Film Prize. He also works as a screenwriter. His first feature script was Juho Kuosmanen’s debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes 2016 and EFA Discovery Prize and is sold to more than 30 countries.