Archive of films That Special Summer / Kid svensk

Sweden / Finland
2007, 85 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2007

In the summer of 1984, hard-headed 12-year-old Kirsi goes against her will with her mother to Finland where her family has its roots. A light summer road movie and a serious rite of passage – Kirsi “learns to breathe underwater” in more than the literal sense. She looks for her true home, tries to get closer to her uncommunicative mother, and falls in love for the first time.


Kirsi is a rebellious 12-year-old girl from a mixed Finnish-Swedish family who emigrated to Sweden. Since the death of her father, she has lived alone with her mother Esther, who has never learned to speak Swedish. In the summer of 1984 Kirsi wins a school contest - for the whole summer holiday she is going to be a reporter for the local radio station. Esther however imagines her holiday differently, and wants to open a restaurant with her friend in a summer house in the Finnish countryside, and is thinking of not returning to Gothenburg in the autumn. A happy-end drama about a girl trying desperately to come to grips with a difficult relationship with her mother, with what home means, and last but not least, with first love, a story the director based on memories from her own childhood, tainted by her mother’s unwillingness to adapt to her new country.

About the director

Nanna Huolman (b. 1970, Gothenburg) studied screenwriting and direction in Gothenburg. She makes documentary films, shorts, and video clips. Her 28 minute film Flamingo, about love between two young women, won the 2003 Lesbian Film Festival in Berlin and was screened at a number of other European festivals. The theme of Finnish emigrants in Sweden was one she had dealt with before in her documentary Minna, 17 (1998). That Special Summer (2007) is her feature-film debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Nanna Huolman
Screenplay: Nanna Huolman
Dir. of Photography: Rauno Ronkainen
Music: Jukka Rintamäki
Editor: Malin Lindström
Producer: Helen Ahlsson
Production: Tre Vänner Produktion AB
Cast: Mia Saarinen, Jim Rautiainen, Milka Ahlroth, Mari Rantasila, Timo Tuominen, Ralph Carlsson, Mats Blomgren
Contact: Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film International Sales


Nanna Huolman

Film Director

Gunnar Almér

Film Institution Rep.

Helen Ahlsson



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