Girl Picture won Sundance’s World Cinema—Dramatic Audience Award and landed as one of the few women-directed films in our top 25 for the first half of 2022, certainly paving the way for more accolades by year’s end. Expect it to be a strong Finnish contender for the Best International Feature at the upcoming Academy Awards, following in the heels of Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6, which landed on last year’s shortlist.
As Girl Picture lands in US cinemas, Haapasalo took our Life in Film questionnaire, sharing production details of the ice skating scenes, recommending other Finnish films and shouting out the unforgettable needle drops in Call Me by Your Name. And, as we discover, she is enjoying reading your Letterboxd reviews.
Hi Alli, are you with us on Letterboxd?
Alli Haapasalo: I just joined recently. But already before this, Letterboxd has been a really important source of feedback to our whole Girl Picture team. When we premiered at Sundance, the festival was all online, so we had no way of reading the room at our very first screenings. When people started publishing their reviews on Letterboxd, a connection to the audience opened. I can’t tell you how grateful we felt reading people’s feedback about having related to the film—many wrote that they felt seen for the first time on the big screen. That was huge to us. So a big thank you to Letterboxd!