Letters to Father Jacob

Postia Pappi Jaakobille (Finland)


Letters to Father Jacob is a touching story of Leila, a life sentence prisoner who has just been pardoned. When she is released from prison, she is offered a job at a secluded parsonage; she moves there against her will. Leila is used to taking care only of herself, so she experiences conflicting feelings when she starts working as the personal assistant for Jacob, the blind pastor living in the parsonage. Every day the mail man brings letters from people asking for help from pastor Jacob. Answering the letters is Jacob´s life mission, while Leila thinks it´s useless. Leila has already decided to leave the parsonage when the letters suddenly stop coming. Jacob´s life is shaken to its foundation. Two completely different lives are intertwined unexpectedly, and the roles of the helper and the one being helped are turned upside down.

Awards & Festivals: Toronto 2009, Pusan 2009, Vancouver 2009, Cairo 2009, Mar de Plata 2009, Palm Springs 2010, Göteborg 2010, Main prize - Mannheim-Heidelberg 2009, Best International Film Award - Santa Barbara 2010, Best Actress (Kaarina Hazard), Best Actor (Heikki Nousiainen) - Festival du Cinéma Nordique, Rouen 2010

Directed by:
Klaus Härö
Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen, Jukka Keinonen, Esko Roine