An Autobiography

A Film by Mari Mantela


Two days before her retirement Anja makes a decision: She will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall deep under the ground, a place where she has worked for 45 years like a queen bee, nursing cars and the mechanics around her. But when the boss upstairs sends a young trainee down who is ready to replace her, Anja is forced to face the fact – her life as she knows is coming to an end.
There is not a single flaw Anja wouldn’t detect when it comes to cars but now Anja herself falls apart in a scale no one has ever experienced before. For the first time in her life Anja crashes a car. This devastating mistake sends Anja into the darkness of her own persona and the reality of losing her identity. While the men celebrate the world championship of ice hockey, Anja ends up hiding alone in a ski box at the bottom of the darkest grease pit.
When the morning of her very last working day rises, Anja gets an unexpected invitation. She makes a journey upstairs to meet her biggest enemy. In front of the mighty boss Anja gets a second chance. She sees the world outside and her own existence in a new, wider perspective.
Could there be a second life for a hard-working woman?


  • Picture of Mari Mantela © Jussi Hellsten

    Mari Mantela

    Mari Mantela (born 1978) studied film directing at the Aalto University in Helsinki. Mantela ́s awarded short films have been screened in international festivals as well as in television in Finland and Sweden. For a decade Mantela worked internationally directing commercial productions and gained a strong visual style which often combines digital imagery with traditional and character driven storytelling. Mantela is currently working on her debut feature THEIA, a scifi- western set in future Lapland.

Awards + Festivals

  • BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York City NY, USA)June 11, 2017
  • FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)June 25, 2017
  • PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs CA, USA)June 26, 2017
    MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Middlebury, USA) August 27, 2017
  • LOVE & ANARCHY - HELSINKI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Helsinki, Finland)September 24, 2017
  • NORDIC INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York City, NY, USA)October 14, 2017
  • NORTHERN WAVE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reykjavik, Iceland)October 29, 2017
    REALE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Milan, Italy) November 3, 2017
  • LA CABINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)November 26, 2017
  • 2nd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2018
  • 10th CAPE TOWN INT'L FILM MARKET & FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Capetown, South Africa)October 9, 2018
  • 14th LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beverly Hills, CA, USA)October 11, 2018
  • 5th SANFORD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanford, USA)October 16, 2018
  • 13th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 18, 2018
  • 6th ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Watertown, MA, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 31st VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charlotte, VA, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 5th TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa, FL, USA)December 6, 2018
  • 1st CAPITAL FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)December 6, 2018
  • 3rd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2018
    1st INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SRIGANGANAGAR (Official Selection, Sriganganagar, India)January 19, 2019
  • 13th ANNUAL BEAUFORT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beaufort, USA)February 19, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 2nd MILKBUSCH INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)March 31, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 1st FEMALE FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 13, 2019
  • 3rd FESTIVAL DE PORTOVIEJO (Official Selection, Portoviejo, Ecuador)June 13, 2019



Mari Mantela
Mari Mantela, Hanna Schaafsma
Klaus Heydemann
Director of Photography
Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C.
Art Direction
Antti Nikkinen
Costume Design
Jouni Mervas
Micke Nyström
Mervi Junkkonen
Sound Design
Micke Nyström
Panu Aaltio


Running Time
34min (36min for he DCP)
Shooting Format
Arri Alexa
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Cinemascope 1:2,35
Theater Mix



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Inland film company
Producer: Klaus Heydemann
Katajanokanlaituri 5
00160 Helsinki, Finland
+ 358 (0)400 279 255


Mari Mantela