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Year 1915. Helene Schjerfbeck is a forgotten artist living in the countryside with her elderly mother. Years have passed since her last exhibition, and Helene has continued to paint only for her own passion. Everything changes when an art dealer discovers Helene and her 159 amazing paintings and wants to organize a large solo exhibition. However, the most important moment in Helene’s life is brought on by her encounter with amateur painter Einar Reuter, who is a passionate admirer of Helene’s art. He becomes Helene's confidante and the unfulfilled love of her life.

Inspired by true events, HELENE describes the life of Finland’s most acclaimed painter Helene Schjerfbeck between 1915-1923.

Genre Historical Drama, Biopic, Romance
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Language Finnish
Directed by Antti J. Jokinen
Nationality Finland
Produced by Cinematic Inc
Release year 2020
Running time 122 min
Starring Laura Birn
Johannes Holopainen
Pirkko Saisio
Krista Kosonen
Eero Aho
Jarkko Lahti


World Premiere: Shanghai FF 2020 - Golden Globet Award Official Selection

German Premiere: Lübeck Nordic Film Days – Feature Competition


Best Actress, Diploma of Honor for the 1st Selected Film by the Iranian Film Critics Circle Jury - Fajr IFF

Silver Frog Award - Camerimage

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