A Black Cat on the Snow

At the beginning of the film, a single mother gets out of prison. She starts a life together with her daughter again after a four-year break. The father is dead, and the mother was a first-time offender when she committed her crime. She has suffered her penalty, but how can she tell her child the truth about the father’s death?

Anu Kuivalainen’s impressive film is not a story about killing, let alone a woman’s anger toward a man. On the contrary: the main character lost her temper and killed the person who was the best thing in her life at the time.

Marita Hällfors’ camera work is insightful. The filmmakers did not want to show the whole of their characters’ faces which was challenging in view of image composition. The tight cropping of Hällfors’ images takes the viewer close to the main characters’ skin, literally.

Saija Holm (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English

Q&A with Anu Kuivalainen (director) and Marita Hällfors (cinematographer) on Tuesday 29.01. at 15:30 at Andorra

  • Director: Anu Kuivalainen
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 1998
  • Length: 60 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: 35 mm
  • Cinematography: Marita Hällfors, Anu Kuivalainen, Pekka Uotila
  • Editing: Anu Kuivalainen
  • Production: Lasse Saarinen / Kinotar Oy


  • Andorra: Tue 29.1. at 15.30