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A Moment in the Reeds

Tareq—an architect by profession who has come to Southern Finland from war-torn Syria seeking asylum—is hired by conservative Finnish widower, Jouko, to help restore the family’s lakehouse. Jouko also calls his estranged son Leevi back from Paris to help with renovations. The two young men, speaking their only common language of English, form a connection and shared desire to be tender and close.

Mikko Mäkelä’s directorial debut has already earned him international recognition for what Film Inquiry Magazine calls “one of the most moving gay romance stories of recent years.” Performances by amateur actors Boodi Kabbani and Janne Puustinen propel the romantic action; Mäkelä asked his co-leads to improvise most of the dialogue, giving the film a sense of authentic intimacy.

A Moment in the Reeds is preceded by the sexy and thoughtful men’s short Threesome.

This film is rated 18A and shown in English and Finnish with English subtitles.


Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 9:30 pm
International Village—IV
Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 7:00 pm
International Village—IV
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Screening Sponsors
Cineplex, Scotiabank
With special thanks to
The Charles Bar