The Visitor (2008 film)

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The Visitor
Directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Written by Jan Forsström, Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Starring Vitali Bobrov, Emilia Ikäheimo, Pavel Liška
Cinematography Tuomo Hutri
Edited by Mervi Junkkonen
Release date
31 August 2008 (Biennale 2008)
Running time
105 min
Country Finland
Language Finnish

The Visitor (original title Muukalainen) is a 2008 drama film directed by Finnish director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää. It is a joint production of Finland, Estonia, Germany, and the UK.

On 31 August 2008, the film premiered at the Venice Days section of the 65th Venice International Film Festival. Subsequently, it won the Dragon Award and the Nordic Vision Award at the 2009 Göteborg Film Festival, and in 2010, it won two Jussi Awards, one for Best Cinematography and one for Best Editing, while it was nominated for four more.

The mute boy (Vitali Bobrov) lives in a remote farm with his mother (Emilia Ikäheimo), while his father (Jorma Tommila), a violent person, is in prison. A stranger arrives at the farm (Pavel Liška) and, reluctantly, he is given hospitality. The film brings the viewer close to the winter landscapes of the Finnish countryside through the eyes of the boy.

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