How to Pick Berries


Miten marjoja poimitaan

Directed by Elina Talvensaari
Finland | 19 minutes | 2010 | Finnish

Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. The locals grow restless – things are changing, secret berry spots are revealed and everything is getting uncomfortable. Who is to blame and who is profiting from all this? How to Pick Berries is an exploration of Finnish mind and the absurdities of global economy.


Director: Elina Talvensaari
Screenwriter: Elina Talvensaari and Mauro Fariñas
Cinematography: Joonas Pulkkanen
Editing: Markus Leppälä
Producer: Elina Talvensaari, Joonas Pulkkanen

  • Elina Talvensaari
    Elina Talvensaari

Festivals & Awards
Festival de Cannes
Venice International Film Festival
Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Nordic Film Days
International Film Festival Bratislava
IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Zinebi52, Intrenational Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao
Recontres Henri Langlois, Intl. Film Schools Festival
Festival Premiers Plans – Best musical Creation Award.
DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Tromsø International Film Festival
Arktisen upeeta – Special Mention, Audience Award
Tampere Film Festival – Best Documentary
Go Short! European Short Student Film Festival
VERA Film Festival
Aubagne International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival
Dawson City International Short Film Festival
59th Trento Film Festival
IndieLisboa’11 – Prémio RTP2 Onda Curta.
Short Film Corner
London International Documentary Film Festival
Vienna Independent Shorts
Guanajuato International Film Festival

Elina Talvensaari

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Elina Talvensaari began her studies with anthropology and sociology at Helsinki University. While fnishing her master’s degree she switched to flm studies, majoring in documentary directing. Her latest film HOW TO PICK BERRIES opened at Venice Film Festival, and has been awarded in various international festivals such as San Sebastian, Tromsø and Tampere and has been recognized also by Fine Art institutions such as MoMa in New York. She is currently finishing her studies on flm directing at Aalto University, ELO Helsinki Film School.

2010 How to Pick Berries, short