Co-presented by the Embassy of Finland
Set in the wilderness of Finnish Lapland, this adventure begins when 12-year-old Salla rescues two wolf-cubs from poachers. Though endangered, wolves are a threat to the local livelihood, reindeer husbandry. In order to rescue and hide the cubs from the poacher Venesmaa, Salla has to trust her instincts, her best friend and even her long lost mother, Laila, who has just returned after a 10-year absence. The film is also a story about how Salla, who has been living with her adoptive parents, faces her own past. Besides blood ties, Salla and Laila are united by their mysterious connection with nature and animals. In spite of her youth, Salla has to brave difficulties and make decisions that challenge the community and that simultaneously force her to define her own relationship with her two mothers. In Finnish with English subtitles. Directed by Raimo O. Niemi. Produced by Leila Lyytikäinen and Claes Olsson.