LOVERS & LEAVERS

KUUTAMOLLA, 2001

A critical success, an enormous box office hit,  and a movie that a whole generation of young women loved and cherished: the restless love story of Iris, a movie-loving loner who falls in love and ends up losing everything… or did she? Based on Kallio’s bestselling debut novel.

Directed by Aku Louhimies

Written by Katja Kallio and Aku Louhimies

Helsingin Sanomat

Ilta-Sanomat

Cosmopolitan

dvdopas.fi

In Magazine

Sooloilua Playing Solo

PLAYING SOLO

SOOLOILUA, 2007

The urban love story of young Emma and the up-and-coming star, classical music conductor Joel Abrahamsson becomes a troubled threesome when Emma has to take care of Joel’s mother who has dementia. Nominated for Jussi Prize in several categories, the film was a huge box office hit and a critical success, and later received a Golden DVD for the sale of 30 000 copies.

Directed by Lauri Nurkse

Written by Katja Kallio

MTV3

Kotivinkki

Stara.fi

Jos rakastat If You Love Me

IF YOU LOVE ME

JOS RAKASTAT, 2010

Based loosely on Zacharias Topelius’ fairy tale classic Amanda’s Pearl, this modern musical tells the story of the rich and privileged Ada, a minister’s daughter, who, after a car accident and consequent amnesia, ends up going from the sumptuous suburbs to the eastern quarters of Helsinki, and falls in love with Toni, the son of an immigrant.

 

Directed by Neil Hardwick

Written by Katja Kallio

“The influence of Dennis Potter’s Pennies from Heaven and Singing Detective is visible (…) The most delightful feature of all is this movie’s attitude towards immigrants as a part of the whole. I can’t recall any other Finnish movie in which they were depicted as such a completely natural part of society.” - Helsingin Sanomat (2010)

Kiiltokuvia Paper Dolls

PAPER DOLLS

KIILTOKUVIA, 2015, 10 x 52 min

A lush family saga about old and new secrets over many generations is a feast for Finland’s most brilliant actors, both established and up-and-coming. Kallio was long-listed for the prestigious Golden Venla Prize for the best original screenplay. The series premiered with an audience of 400 000 viewers per episode, and has had several reruns on television.

Directed by Lauri Nurkse

Written by Katja Kallio

“(The series) describes so many different kinds of love, and how people search for acceptance and connection. (…) There is a lot to learn about honesty and staying open here.”

- MTV News