Directed by Mikko Makela (Finland, 2017, 108 min.). Digital. English and Finnish with Finnish subtitles. 

A Moment in the Reeds is an intimate drama about the chance encounter of two men by the Finnish lakeside. Leevi, who left Finland behind to study abroad, has returned for the summer to help his father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a Syrian asylum seeker, has also been hired to help, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, the two young men give in to their mutual attraction, spending a few midsummer days discovering one another. Among the first queer-themed feature films made in Finland, A Moment in the Reeds puts the long-marginalized voices of sexual and ethnic minorities at center stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance, and a place to call home.

Followed by a discussion with director Mikko Makela and a reception in the MFA’s Taste Café with music and refreshments.

Synopsis courtesy of the director.

Watch the trailer


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