WINNER

Edinburgh International Film Festival

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Aurora

2019 | Comedy | Drama | Finland | 106 mins | Colour | Finnish & Persian

Director: Miia Tervo

One night, commitment-phobic party animal, Aurora, meets Darian at a hot-dog stand in Finnish Lapland. Darian – Iranian – needs to marry a Finnish woman to gain asylum; and while Aurora dismisses his propositions of marriage, she softens with the presence of his daughter and agrees to help. As Aurora introduces numerous women to Darian, the two of them grow closer to set off a feel-good, starkly-contrasted romance about two people at their ends of life, looking for a new beginning. 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. This film poignantly addresses some big themes — including the plight of asylum seekers and female alcoholism — and it is anchored by a superb central performance by Mimosa Willamo

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