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Photo: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen

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Photo: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen

 
Annika Grof
MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION AND PRODUCTION DESIGN
1971, SWEDEN

ALONE, TOGETHER
Statement

The makers of Yksin, yhdessä see the film as a political one. It is a film about our time and the isolation manifest in it. The action takes place in a Helsinki block of flats, focusing on a few flats. Small everyday events gain significance as the film progresses and they form a poetic image of the lives of the main characters and their joys and sorrows. But the walls are ever present and the people behind them cannot be ignored. Janina Kokkonen and Annika Grof wrote the script for the film in the international Sources 2 script development workshop funded by the EU. The film is directed by Annika Grof and produced by Janina Kokkonen and it is their final thesis work for the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The cinematography is by Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen and the sound design by Panu Riikonen. Original music for the film is composed by Ville Riippa.

Biography
Annika Grof graduates with an M.A. in directing from the Department of Documentary Filmmaking of the School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in spring 2007. She has written and directed four films during her studies, of which Yksin, yhdessä is her final thesis work. In her films, she has explored her relationship with motherhood (Lapsuuden loppu, 2002) and with her father (Rekkamies, isäni, 2005), as well as the diversity of scientific work (K.A. Nieminen, 1999) and today’s Finnish urban way of life (Yksin, yhdessä, 2007). Alongside her studies, she has worked in film and TV as a director and assistant director. In the future, she hopes to direct more films with a social message and work in a variety of roles in the field for which she is educated.
Contact information
+358 50 344 4264
agrof(at)uiah.fi
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