GAZE: A Moment in the Reeds
Director: Mikko Makela
Starring: Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala
Release Date: Sat 04 Aug 2018
A Moment in the Reeds is a tender, romantic and sensual love story, with undertones pertinent to the current socio-political climate in Europe, which intercepts and interprets a moment of connection and intense intimacy between two relative strangers.
College student Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house in preparation to be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a kinship and spend a short but profound time discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.
Their brief, intense relationship cuts through both language and social barriers, and proves that there are no obstacles which can curb the power of human attraction, affection and connection.