A Moment in the Reeds

Finlandia/Regno Unito, 2017, HD, 107', col.


Mikko Makela

A Moment in the Reeds

Leevi comes back to Finland from Paris, where he is studying. He will spend the summer with his father, with whom he has almost no relationship. They will renovate the family house on the lake shore and then sell it. There, he meets Tareq, a Syrian asylum-seeker hired to help in the renovation. When his father leaves for the city to take care of some business matters, both of them really get to know each other. They are united by their condition of foreigners (one "exiled" in France and the other forced to leave Syria) and their condition of being different (one gay, the other Arab). They both have trouble fitting into a society that does not want to accept them. Surrounded by melancholic landscapes of forests and never-ending fields, endless sunsets coloring the sky and the lake, their relationship moves away from the condition of outcasts imposed on them. It frees them from the stigma applied to their bodies. For the first time Leevi and Tariq are finally free to love each other and to find shelter in  each other's arms.


Mikko Makela


Mikko Makela


Ikka Salminen

costume design

Kati Silo


Jakko Kautto


Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala


Mikko Makela, James Robert Watson, Jarno Pimperi


Wild Beast


The Film Collaborative


Mikko Makela


Mikko Makela was born in Finland but lives and works in London, where he studied literature at University College and acting at the City Literary Institute. He has directed music and promotional videos relating to fashion and edited TV commercials and shorts. As an actor, he performed in The Drag by Mae West, edited by Arcola Queer Collective, and in the romcom film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, directed by John Cameron Mitchell in 2017. He debuted as director of feature films with A Moment in the Reeds (2017), which was shown at the last London Film Festival.