Directed by Hamy Ramezan
Finland | 82 min. | drama | Farsi, Finnish, English

13 year old Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee centre in Finland. Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the school holidays, the family receives the terrible news their asylum application has been denied. The Mehdipours file a final appeal, and they continue with their everyday lives, trying to keep a positive attitude despite the looming danger of deportation. As Ramin starts the new school year, every moment, every friendship will be more precious than ever.


Director: Hamy Ramezan
Writer: Antti Rautava, Hamy Ramezan
Cinematography: Arsen Sarkisiants

Music: Tuomas Nikkinen
Film Editing: Joona Louhivuori
Production Design: Kari Kankaanpää
Costume Design: Kirsi Gum

Cast: Aran-Sina Keshvari, Shahab Hosseini, Shabnam Ghorbani, Kimiya Eskandari, Vilho Rönkkönen

Production Company: Aamu Film Company (“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”), Paria Eskandari, Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki

  • Hamy Ramezan
    Hamy Ramezan

Festivals & Awards

  • Berlinale Generation 2021
  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival – Teen Screen Competition
  • International Film Festival Prague FEBIOFEST – Main Competition
  • Taoba International Youth Film Festival – Competition
  • Heartland International Film Festival – Competition
  • International Film Festival of India Goa – Competition

press quotes

Ramezan (…) shows a welcome lightness of touch with heavy issues that makes them accessible for audiences of all ages.
the story (…) carries a strong emotional resonance
warm-hearted spirit and family appeal
This is the sort of family we’d all like to be a part of
Asghar Farhadi regular, Hosseini making the most of his eternal optimist dad
Screen Daily

touching drama
a lovely positive first feature
Film Uforia

I cannot remember a film in which the consolations of kindness were so vivid
With his first film (Hamy Ramezan has) proven himself a wonderful observer of human frailty transformed to strength and a great director of actors.
The acting is superb.
Shahab Hosseini (…) is deft and charming.
The cinematography by Arsen Sarkisiants is equally naturalistic (…) Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s work on Shirley is called to mind.
a stubbornly gentle film
Any Day Now deserves an audience. It is a celebration of the quietly humane, neatly and delicately told on film.
International Cinephile Society

Hamy Ramezan

Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990. He graduated from the film school at UCA, Franham in 2007 and has since completed several short and documentary films, including REFUGEE UNKNOWN (2016), LISTEN (2015) and KEYS OF HEAVEN (2014). LISTEN premiered in Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Awards. It went on to win 45 awards and screened at more than 200 festivals world-wide. His latest work is the film ANY DAY NOW (2020) which was selected at Berlinale 2021.