Miten sanotaan – (Comment dire / What is the Word) (2013)

Poetry film based on Samuel Beckett’s “What is the word”. Shot in Paris, August 2013.

Suomeksi, avec sous-titres francais:

English version:

Elokuva Samuel Beckettin runosta “Comment dire”,
käännös Hannaleena Hauru

Rooleissa: Iivi Meltaus, Denis Leluc, Pekka Kumpulainen, Joseph Stacey, Uriel Jaouen, Jonathan Perrut
Kiitos: Miina Alajärvi, Sacha Brodeur
Erityiskiitos: Laura Jaakkola

Kuvattu Pariisissa elokuussa 2013,

1st International Kino Kabaret Paris


ihan pimeetä —
pimeetä että —
että —
miten sanotaan —
pimeetä että tää —
tässä tää —
pimeetä tää tässä että —
ihan vaan —
pimeetä tässä näin —
nähdään —
pimeetä nähdä tää —
tää —
miten sanotaan —
tää —
tää tää —
täshän tää —
mitäs tässä —
nähdään —
pimeetä —
pimeetä nähdä kaikki tässä näin —
että —
miten sanotaan —
nähdään —
vähän —
vähän nähdään —
ehkä vähän nähdään —
pimeetä ehkä ihan vähän nähdä —
hä —
miten sanotaan —
ja missä —
vähän nähdään hä ihan pimeetä missä —
missä —
miten sanotaan —
siellä —
tuolla —
tuol noin —
etäällä —
etäällä tuol noin —
ei täällä —
etäällä tuol noin ei täällä hä —
tä —
miten sanotaan —
nähdään täs —
täs tää täs näin —
pimeetä nähdä näin —
vähän —
ehkä vähän näin —
ehkä ihan vähän näin —
etäällä vähän näin näin —
ihan pimeetä näin näin vähän etäällä ei täällä näin hä —
tä —
miten sanotaan —
miten sanotaan —


Säälistäjät – Mercy all the way (2014)

“Säälistäjät” eng. “Mercy all the way”, a 30 min short I’ve written together with Tanja Heinänen. Premiere 22 November 2014.

The film is a comical satire about about a group of women working in a Finnish unemployment office. They have started to give mercyfucks to young men in order to prevent future school shootings in Finland. Mirja (35) falls in love with one of her mercy customers, Marko (23). The safety of Finland is at stake. Can Mirja continue her quest to keep all the young Finnish men calm with sex, or does romance have better plans for her?

For more info (in Finnish:)

Lue lisää projektista täältä: SYNOPSIS.


Whispering in a friend’s mouth (2010)

Short film (10 minutes) shot in Summer 2009 in Finland – examining the borderline between platonic and romantic love through two linking time levels. Shot on S16mm with the support of the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and YLE. Premiered in Berlinale 2010 (Generation 14+).

Script:Hannaleena Hauru
Director:Hannaleena Hauru
Cinematography: Jan-Niclas Jansson
Set design: Jukka Nieminen
Sound: Jussi Honka
Music:Lauri Wuolio
Editing : Markus Leppälä
Production: Jussi Rantamäki
Actors: Anna Kuusamo, Antti Haikkala


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Catching (2009)

Kaarina (actress Tanja Heinänen) is an unemployed Finnish sawmill worker, who travels to Argentina to work after having enough of the short term jobs and relatioships back up North. The film is a personal statement about the ongoing global transformation of the forest industry.

“Catching” continues from the themes of the sawmill related short film “If I Fall”, by Hannaleena Hauru, 2007. The film is opening a universal aspect to the issues about forest industry – work, and the search of love. “Catching” is combining everyday work to a poetic context with a dramaturgic structure following a cross-section of a tree.

director: Hannaleena Hauru
actress: Tanja Heinänen
editor: Andrea Zapata Girau

Language: Finnish, with English subtitles

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If I Fall (2007)

“A nordic, but still universal film expressing the search of love in a poetic story of few words. The flawless directing of the film deals with human relations on many levels and with great complexity.”

-Jury’s statement: Uppsala International Short Film Festival Grand Prix 2008

A short film about Kaarina, a Finnish sawmill worker. She’s falling down repetitively without anyone noticing.

”If I Fall” (2007) was my graduation work for Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The script has been given the Nisi Masa script award in 2005, and after premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week carte blance in 2007, the short has been around quite many festivals (awards from Oberhausen, Tampere, Uppsala). I’m happy to have the film online now –it’s a bit shabby DVD rip, but I have the 35 mm print of the film in my flat, and promise to give a screening to anyone who has the screen and the projector.


Starring: Tanja Heinänen, Ville Majamaa & Mikko Joukamaa

Script & Director: Hannaleena Hauru
Cinematography: Jan-Niclas Jansson
Editor: Sanna Ryhänen
Sound Design: Jussi Honka & Rauli Roininen
Music: Anna Huuskonen
Executive Producers: Anni Pänkäälä & Samu Reijonen

Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden, Grand Prix 2008.
54th Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen, award of the cinema jury:
best 35 mm film under 15 min
Tampere Film Festival 2008: award of the youth jury
Blue Sea Film Festival, Baltic Herring 2007, 2. award on student category
Nisi Masa script award 2005

13 minutes, (shot originally on S16mm)


Some sex fantasies (2012)

This is a 4 minute short film produced at Kino Euphoria 2012, a film event in Helsinki where 69 short films were done in July 2012 by 80 filmmakers from Finland and abroad.

Pari seksifantasiaa (Some Sex Fantasies) from Hannaleena Hauru on Vimeo.

Director: Hannaleena Hauru
Animations: Ilja Rautsi
Cinematography: Sini Järnström, Hannaleena Hauru, Tuulia Kallio
Performers: Tuulia Kallio, Sini Järnström, Johanna Kinnari, Mara Jelinko, Eeva Putro, Jussi Lankoski, Ilja Rautsi, Katarina Matiasovska, Pietari Kylmälä, Mirkka Maikola, Joonas Lepistö, Samuli Salonen, Vilja Autiokyrö
Sound design: Hannaleena Hauru
Music: This Heat ” Music Like Escaping Gas”
Producer: Hannaleena Hauru / Kino Euphoria 2012

I was also the producer of the whole Kino Euphoria film event in Helsinki, that’s part of the International Kino Movement. It’s a movement created as a means of providing both amateur and professional filmmakers with a place to create and screen their short-films.

back to the lover hannaleena hauru

The Slut Trilogy (2009-2011)

This is a series of three short films made in 2009-2011, the so-called “Slut trilogy”. It started from the idea of exploring the borders of fiction and reality by selecting topic as near a possible to a “filmmaking taboo”.

The first film “Once a slut, always a slut” is made with the format of a making of. I’m a director confessing that my main interest in filmmaking is to hook up with men. This was the first time when I forced myself to the other side of the camera. Thanks to an awesome team, the film ended up to be quite funny.

Written and Directed by Hannaleena Hauru
Cinematography Sissi Korhonen & Sini Järnström
Sound recordist Christian Haas
Dramaturgical advisory Ilja Rautsi
Assistant editor Ioana Tarchila


Director Hannaleena Hauru
Actor Thomas Lesourd
Actress Marion Casabianca
Former collague Synes Elischka
Former actor Matthias Lindenthal
Props Selina Baumgartel
DOP Sini Järnström
Making of artist Sissi Korhonen

The project grew to be a trilogy as I realized that the format of mocumentary has the potential to be both funny and very realistic. Also I wanted to try out the extreme possibilities of building a realistic feeling by using the method of  documentary inside a mockumentary. The second part “Sacrificed for a passion” was made during our train travel from Tallinn to Istanbul. The method of building the script as the camera circled from hand to hand was a great way to build a film. Special thanks goes to Jerker and Greg, who really put themselves on the line while making this one.

Director: Hannaleena Hauru

Script: Hannaleena Hauru, Grzegorz Brzozowski, Jerker Beckman

Hannaleena Hauru
Grzegorz Brzozowski
Jerker Beckman

Ando Naulainen
Aleksandra Marchenko
Nicolas Servide
Hetta Huhtamäki

Jerker Beckman
Vincent Bitaud
Marius Apopei
Antoine Cattin

Also included:
Vincent Bitaud
Catalin Musat
Luca Lucchesi
Lucille Caballero
Liso Cassano
Julia Széphelyi-Frankl
Mara Trifu
Vappu Tuomisto
Bas Voorwinde
Vefik Karaege

Thanks to:
Maximilien Van Aertryck
Anu Kaaja

After making these two films a horrible alter ego of mine had been born. And as they say, you either gotta kill your alter ego or tranform into her totally. In the closure of the trilogy I took the last step to the “real feel”, with some of my closest friends being part of the film. “Back to the lover” was made to close the trilogy and also to have a some sort of time capsule about the mixed up period in my life in Helsinki and outside of it.

Director: Hannaleena Hauru

Crew: Hannaleena Hauru, Ilja Rautsi, Synes Elischka, Ville-Veikko Kerimaa, Lasse Poser, Ossi Koskelainen, Tanja Heinänen, Anu Kaaja, Jarno Elonen

And oh yes, like any great consept :), the slut trilogy has a spin-of as well. Hetta Huhtamäki made “Self sacrificing for an ideal” as a spin of to the second part of my trilogy of annoying usage of power to fulfil one’s desires…

The spin of:

Director: Hetta Huhtamäki

Cinematography: Begüm Güleç
Actors: Hetta Huhtamäki, Nick Shaw, Nicolas Servide, Hannaleena Hauru
Editor: Hannaleena Hauru