The award winning film, Letters to Father Jacob, written and directed by Klaus Haro. Finland’s Official Selection for 2010 Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film), this film will open in New York at Cinema Village on October 8 and at the Music Hall in Los Angeles on October 15. Other cities will follow.
Letters to Father Jacob is a warm-hearted and touching story of Leila, a prisoner who was sentenced to life, but who has just been pardoned. When she is released from prison, she is given a job at a secluded parsonage; she moves there against her will. Leila is used to taking care only of herself, so trouble is to be expected when she starts working as the personal assistant for Jacob, the blind priest living in the parsonage.
Every day the mail man brings letters from people asking for help from Father Jacob. Answering the letters is Jacob’s life mission, while Leila thinks it’s useless. Leila has already decided to leave the parsonage, but when the letters suddenly stop coming Jacob’s life is shaken to its foundation. Two completely different lives are intertwined unexpectedly, and the roles of the helper and the one being helped are turned upside down.
Finnish director/writer Klaus Haro is an award-winning filmmaker, best known for Mother of Mine (Audience Award/Palm Springs International Film Festival; Crystal Bear/Cairo International Film Festival); Elina: As if I Didn’t Exist (Crystal Bear/Berlin International Film Festival) as well as The New Man. In total, Haro’s films have won more than 60 prizes in festivals around the world, and in 2004 he was awarded the Ingmar Bergman Award, the winner of which was chosen by Bergman himself. After the film’s début on the 2009 international festival circuit, Letters to Father Jacob has already won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Cairo International Film Festival; Audience Award at Lübeck Nordic Film Days; Main Award at Mannheim – Heidelberg International Film Festival and Best Film and Best Screenwriter at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
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