Finland – Linn Hielm, Kino Kuvakukko (Kuopio)

Cinema for me is…

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Linn in 25 frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words
Loud, lively, out-going, creative, passionate, loyal, ambitious, fun, opinionated, loving.

2. What are your 3 best qualities and your 3 worst habits?
3 best qualities: Fiercely loyal to the people I care about. Not afraid to speak up. Comfortable in all social situations.
3 worst habits: Loves being the center of attention. Sometimes honest to a fault. A little bit dramatic.

3. What is your dream job?
I’d love to work for a Film Studio in the movie marketing department, coming up with concepts, taglines and campaigns for a variety of movies in different genres.

4. What do you like most about your country?
Finland is clean, safe and beautiful.

5. What is your favorite dish in your country?
I’m not really a big fan of Finnish food but I like the salt licorice known as “Salmiak”.

6. What is the word or the expression in your native language that you like the most and what does it mean?
Even though I’m from Finland my native language is Swedish (recognized as an official language in Finland) and my favorite word is “ögonblick”, which means “moment”.

7. What European capital have you visited lately?
My family lives in Rome, so I was there during my summer holiday. Italy is like a second (well, technically third, since I live in Sweden right now) home to me and I love it there.

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
I have always wanted to live and work in London (I spent a summer there as an au pair when I was 16) and it really is the center for European (mainstream) cinema. Living in Italy for a year like my family would also be pretty amazing.

9. What does Europe mean to you?
Europe means a lot to me. I’m very proud to be European and I love the history, culture and co-operation that the countries on the continent share.

10. What are the European values that you share?
I believe in all European values but especially that we are stronger together and should work together as much as possible despite our differences.

11. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Fight Club by David Fincher. I was 12 years old when my dad showed it to me and it completely changed the way I watch movies. It’s still my favorite film!

12. What is your favorite cinema theatre and what do you like about it?
My favorite theatre is the Rigoletto in Stockholm. It’s a very glamorous vintage cinema with red velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers and lots of gold – the whole shebang. When you see a movie there it always feels like an opulent occasion.

13. Where do you like to watch movies and on which platform (DVD, online, cinema, mobile phone, etc.)?
I love watching movies in the cinema, but I would say I mostly watch them on my computer – sadly it’s becoming the most popular platform among my friends.

14. Who is your movie hero?
If we’re talking literal heroes I’ve always been an Iron Man fangirl.

15. If you were a movie director which one would you like to be?
David Fincher. He’s my favorite director and I would love to have his visual flair and work ethic.

16. Briefly describe your favorite scene
There are so many, but the first one that comes to mind is the scene where everything comes together at the end of The Usual Suspectsby Brian Singer. Even though I’ve seen the film multiple times the film never fails to blow my mind.

17. What are the 5 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Girls Lost (Alexandra-Therese Keining, 2014) SE
The Smiling Man (Juho Kuosmanen, 2016) FI
Personal Shopper (Oliver Assayas, 2016) FR
Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone, 2015) IT
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) GR

18. Which is the film character that you most identify with?
Ever since I saw the film for the first time as a child:Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind. I don’t know if it’s to be blame on nature or nurture but we really are eerily similar.

19. What is your favorite soundtrack or song?
I believe the most perfect combination of a movie scene and song is David Bowie’s “Cat People” when Shoshanna is putting on her makeup and preparing for her revenge on the Nazis in Inglorious Bastards by Quentin Tarantino.

20. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
The Harry Potter movie universe. Always.

21. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
I’ve been told I resemble Scarlett Johansson and I wouldn’t mind her playing me. More importantly – Tom Hardy plays my love interest!

22. Which talent would you most like to have?
If I can pick ANY TALENT, I’d like to be able to teleport. If it has to be a talent one can realistically acquire I’d love to be a better dancer.

23. What is your most treasured possession?
My beaded vintage flapper dress. It’s so pretty and frail that I’ve never dared to wear it outside but I feel like the ghost of Daisy Buchanan in it.

24. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
All the friendships I’ve made and maintained over the years.

25. What is your motto?
“My life, my life has got to be like this. It’s got to keep going up.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”)


Linn is the ambassador of Kino Kuvakukko. Find out more about the cinema here.

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