Natura

  • 68'
  • Finland
  • 2023

Matti Harju's debut feature is a contemporary post-COVID rumination on the deception of envy and the isolation of our interconnected world. Nihilistically boasting about the abandonment of ideology, two ostracised Finnish men find each other online. Recreating themselves as active protagonists, they take charge of their lives and their fortunes by planning to break into a crypto-millionaire's remote home.

Harju uses exterior shots both to create mystery by lingering on nature and to convey the men's lower socio-economic reality, employing the cinematic vernacular of distant train tracks, rubbish-strewn woodlands and half-built structures. A stark contrast is created between the assailants and their target and his seemingly lavish life. The film leans toward the absurd as the men attempt to prepare for their crime, take selfies en route and help their bound captive measure his blood glucose levels.

Natura conjures a displaced tension, serving as the antithesis to a conventional invasion film like Michael Haneke's Funny Games (1997). Rather than dwelling on torment and torture, Harju creates more of a social study of the digital age, framed by the folkloric adages that ‘looks can be deceiving’ and ‘things are not as they seem’. Fuelled by a quiet rage under the glistening Nordic twilight, the protagonists quickly learn that digital facades and currencies are equally deceptive.

 

Ol Marin

  • 68'
  • Finland
  • 2023
Director
Matti Harju
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Finland
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
68'
Medium
DCP
Language
Finnish
Producer
Matti Harju
Sales
Matti Harju
Screenplay
Matti Harju
Cinematography
Matti Harju
Editor
Matti Harju
Production Design
Matti Harju
Sound Design
Petrus Rapo
Music
Asko Lintunen
Cast
Asko Lintunen, Jarmo Kämäräinen, Juha Lilja

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Cinerama 2
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    Pathé 4
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Monday 30 January 2023
    Cinerama 2
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Friday 03 February 2023
    de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    EN subtitles
Director
Matti Harju
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Finland
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
68'
Medium
DCP
Language
Finnish
Producer
Matti Harju
Sales
Matti Harju
Screenplay
Matti Harju
Cinematography
Matti Harju
Editor
Matti Harju
Production Design
Matti Harju
Sound Design
Petrus Rapo
Music
Asko Lintunen
Cast
Asko Lintunen, Jarmo Kämäräinen, Juha Lilja