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.

Title Helene
Directed by Antti J. Jokinen
Starring Laura Birn, Johannes Holopainen, Pirkko Saisio, Krista Kosonen, Eero Aho, Jarkko Lahti
Genre Historical Drama, Biopic, Romance
Running time 122 min
Language Finnish
Nationality Finland, Estonia
Scriptwriter Antti J. Jokinen, Marko Leino
Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen F.S.C
Produced by Cinematic Inc
Local Release 2020 Jan 17
Film Status Completed


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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