Memory of Water

by Saara Saarela

Memory of Water


Saara Saarela (b. 1971) has graduated in Film Studies (Maitrise) from the University of Paris 8 (1996) and as a film director (MA) from Helsinki Film School (2008). Since 2001 she has directed short films, television series and films, for instance the French political thriller La Vénitienne for Arte (2010) and the feature Twisted Roots, which received the Prize of Best World Cinema feature in Indianapolis Intl Film Festival in USA in 2010. Saara is currently developing a psychological thriller in co-production with France and working as a professor in film directing at Aalto University.

2010 La Vénitienne
2009 Twisted Roots
2002 Stripping


Saga Sarkola
Mimosa Willamo
Lauri Tilkanen
Minna Haapkylä
Pekka Strang
Kheba Touray


Writer Ilja Rautsi
Based on the novel by Emmi Itäranta
Director of Photography Kjell Lagerroos
Production Designer Otso Linnalaakso
Costume Designer Tiina Kaukanen
Make-up Designer Kaire Hendrikson
Editor Jussi Rautaniemi
Composer Volker Bertelmann
Producers Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff (Bufo)
Co-Producers Nina Frese & Reinhard Brundig (Pandora Film), Ivo Felt (Allfilm), Maria Ekerhovd (Mer Fil)

Technical Data

Original title Veden vartija
Original language Finnish, Sami
Countries of production Finland Germany Norway
Production Companies Bufo Oy
Co-production Companies PANDORA Film , Allfilm, Mer Film

Go back