November 27, 2017

Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest winful in Russia

In the film, Kaisa Gauriloff’s life is approached through the story of Swiss writer Robert Crottet.
In the film, Kaisa Gauriloff’s life is approached through the story of Swiss writer Robert Crottet.
Oktober

Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest, a film by Katja Gauriloff, was awarded the Grand Prix prize at the Northern Character Film & TV Festival in Murmansk last weekend.

Previously, the film has won awards at Dok Leipzig, Yakutsk International Film Festival and The First Peoples Festival in Montreal. In Finland, the film has landed various awards, including a Jussi.

“I’m very surprised and flattered by the award,” says director Katja Gauriloff in a press release. “It’s great that a film about Skolt Sami legends and history has been acknowledged in such a wonderful way in Russia.”

Producer Satu Majava from Oktober points out that although movies’ life cycles have shortened in the film festival scene, Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest is winning international awards and being added to festival programmes 19 months after its initial release.

“We can only celebrate,” she notes.

The documentary fairytale is set in the land of the Skolt Sami people near the polar circle. The film’s narrator is Kaisa Gauriloff, a storyteller and singer and the great-grandmother of the director.

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