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Janne of Love

In Bulgaria, Millitsa and Anni meet two Finnish boys – Timo and Ilkka. Beer is flowing, the temperatures are getting high, so as the passions. After getting intoxicated and recklessly breaking the law, the feelings of the main characters evolve and culminate in a shameless love confession on the dance floor. Finland, Timo and Millitsa are already married. When alone they are the perfect match, but in public the joyful and noisy Millitsa gives Timo a hard time. Soon the stereotypical views cause their love language to fall apart. They start speaking their native tongues and their mind. Clichés and the bias that Eastern and Western Europeans have against each other burst out in a hilarious argument. Will there be a solution in this never-ending conflict? And who, for God’s sake, is Janne!?

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Director’s Statement

Why East and West – the two legs of Europe, are still stumbling over each other instead of walking?

I am an Eastern European. 24 years after the Fall of Communism I know what is like to be treated like a second class person. Do I like it? No. Is it gonna change in the near future? Yes, if we work on that. That is why my co-director Radko Savov and I went on a quest to reconcile the two warring blocks, offering a witty solution, where at least in a film they can shake hands. Three years after the idea “struck” me, the tangled situation East-West is even worse – mass hysteria over free movement of Bulgarians and Romanians, western delegations boycotting Sochi, the horror in Ukraine… Hostility. Xenophobia. Suspicion. It feels like the Cold War again.

Even though in such times people expect gloomy stories, Janne of Love is a film of hope. It is up-to-date, slightly absurd, moving on the razor’s edge of politically correct. With big doses of humor it points the sourest problems of contemporary Europe - invisible borders, cultural alienation, and stereotypical perception of “The Foreigner”, illustrated by three languages, which represent willingness or refusal to understand the other. Equipollent opponents defending their own point of view without listening. But how will finger-pointing solve the problem? Well, it won’t. And here comes the forth language – the one of unison and creation. We are different, but equal, and if we stop staring at the things dividing us, take our time to know each other, we may even find what unites us. Cause looking through the eyes of a foreigner opens new horizons, not dead ends.

So,is Janne’s generation going to melt the cultural and mental borders, outlined by the Iron Curtain? Yes! If there is willingness – there is a way. And this film is our reached out hand.

Vilma Kartalska




Copyright © 2013 Chervena Tochka 6

Previous screenings

2 Sep – 7 Sep | Budapest, Hungary
Access Code Film Festival | 2014
20 Sep | Bangalore, India

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