Kirsi Marie Liimatainen - Director

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen studied Theatre and Drama in her home town of Tampere in Finland. For almost ten years she worked as an actress for film, television and theatre. In 1999 she joined the directing class at Potsdam-Babelsberg film school (HFF). After her graduation, she started developing the documentary Comrade, where are you today? and the feature The Scream of the Butterfly. As a director she´s also working on the feature film Festung.

Kirsi held lectures and workshops on directing in Helsinki, Turku, Vilna and Berlin. She took part in Cinéfondation´s Résidence du Festival programme in Cannes, in the Binger Lab in Amsterdam and in the Script&Pitch Torino Film Lab.

Filmography Directing and Screenplay

Fiction, 90min
Production: Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH & ZDF Kleines Fernsehspiel

Fiction (diploma film), S 16 mm, 73 min.
Production: HFF/ mdr

Max-Ophüls-Preis-Festival, Germany, 2006
Findlings-Prize at Filmkunstfest Schwerin 2006
Best Foreign Full Length Film / Best Actress Panorama of Independent Film Makers 2006
Special Mention from Grand Jury, Miami International Film Festival 2007
Special Mention, BUFF Film Festival 2007
3Sat, BR, MDR, Germany, YLE TV1, Finnland

Cinema and DVD Release:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland 2006, Distributor: “Salzgeber”
U.S.A and Canada 2008, Distribution “Picture This!”
France 2008, Distributor ”Optimale”

FRÜHLINGSHYMNE (The Time of the Spring)
Fiction, S 16 mm, 45 min.
Production: HFF, YLE TV 1 Finland and ARTE France

Documentary, DVC Pro, 28 min. Production: Polttimo Oy / YLE TV 2 Finnland

Ilanga Films · Kirsi Marie Liimatainen · Elisabeth-Christinen-Str. 6 · 13156 Berlin · Germany