An Autobiography

A Film by Mari Mantela

Synopsis

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?

Director

  • 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
  • *BEST SHORT* *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    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
  • *BEST EUROPEAN FILM*
    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
  • 13th ANNUAL BEAUFORT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beaufort, USA)February 19, 2019
  • 1st FEMALE FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 13, 2019

Trailer

Crew

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

Details

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
Sound
Theater Mix

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Inland film company
Producer: Klaus Heydemann
Katajanokanlaituri 5
00160 Helsinki, Finland
+ 358 (0)400 279 255
klaus.heydemann@inland.fi

DIRECTOR

Mari Mantela
mmantela@gmail.com
vimeo.com/mantela