Hatching (2022)

Director: Hanna Bergholm Run Time: 90 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Jani Volanen, Oiva Ollila, Reino Nordin, Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä

Country: Finland, Sweden
Language: Finnish

About the film:

Premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. An extended metaphor of the sometimes horrifying reality of coming-of-age as a woman. Tinja, a young gymnast, is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother, whose popular blog presents their family’s idyllic existence as manicured perfection. One day Tinja brings home a wounded bird and its egg and nurtures it until it hatches. The creature that emerges becomes her closest friend and a living nightmare.

“An alternately beautiful and disgusting metaphor for the grossness of girlhood, Hatching is somehow a mash-up of Eighth Grade, Gremlins, and E.T.”

—Esther Zuckerman for Thrillist

About the filmmaker:

Finnish director Hanna Bergholm’s creature-feature debut stirs the simmering conflict between a controlling mother, her fragile daughter and a rogue doppelgänger. Bergholm graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2009. She has directed several internationally awarded short films and TV drama series. Her latest horror short, Puppet Master (2018), was selected for several international film festivals, including Fantasia Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. Hatching (2022) is her first feature film.

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