From director Mikko Makela, the sumptuous gay romance A Moment in the Reeds is an intimate drama about the chance encounter of two men by the Finnish lakeside.
Having moved to Paris for college, Leevi (Janne Puustinen) returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq (Boodi Kabbani), a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work.
When Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.
A response to the dearth of queer narratives in Finnish cinema, A Moment in the Reeds is among the first queer feature films made in the country. Viewing Finland from the perspectives both of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalized voices of sexual and ethnic minorities center stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.