Riitta Rask

Screenwriter / Director

"The most surprising thing in life are the invisible doors that lead to new worlds."

M.Sc. Riitta Rask (formerly Riihonen, 1956), Helsinki screenwriter and documentary film director.

My life’s work has transported me through many stages and various artforms moulding me into an independent documentary filmmaker. In my youth, my path first took me to study costume designing and was followed with a summer job at the theatre as a costume designer. My work in the theatre led to a job opportunity at the Finnish national broadcast company TV-2, where a TV movie based on the Kalevala was planned. I was involved in the production for four years, which sparked my interest in film.

I continued my studies at the University of Art and Design (now Aalto University) in the Department of Photography. Alongside that, I studied film directing, screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Department of Cinematography. After that, as part of a working group of six women, a script was created for TV1’s summer series “Finnish Happiness”. From the six episodes I directed five. During my study years, co-operation with theatre and opera continued with director Kalle Holmberg.

In 1999-2000, I returned to the world of documentary film when my good friend, well-known photographer Jouko Lehtola, became seriously ill. By filming his last years, the documentary “In Light, Jouko Lehtola” was born.

Upcoming productions

Document

HEAVEN AND HELL

“Love is so powerful and strong. It is the kind of power that can’t really be compared to anything else than death” Kari Tikka The documentary

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Portfolio

Opera

LAURENTIUS – OPERA

The LAURENTIUS OPERA was a commissioned work by the parishes of Vantaa in honour of the 500th anniversary of Helsinki’s St. Lawrence Church. The opera

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Opera

PALACE – OPERA

The libretto of the PALACE OPERA is loosely based on the overthrow of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Ababa in 1974, where the

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Movie

ZOJA – TV-MOVIE

Based on a short story by Runar Schildt Directed by: Timo HopsSet Design: Matthew MarttilaCostume Design: Riitta Riihonen (Rask)Produced by: TV 2 Theatre Division In

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Movie

INSIDERS – MOVIE

The film INSIDERS, directed by Lauri Törhönen, depicts youth enriched by the rise of the yuppie culture in the 1980s, their activities in the world

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Movie

BURNING ANGEL – MOVIE

BURNING ANGEL is based on the original idea of psychiatrist Hannele Törrönen, who worked at a mental hospital in Joensuu. The film was Lauri Törhönen’s

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Movie

IRON AGE – TV-MOVIE

”There are three things I have feared in life, death, poverty, and love. In vain. All in vain. I’m not scared anymore.”Väinö Parts:Golden womanSampoLemminkiLong Winter

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Past Productions

IN LIGHT, JOUKO LEHTOLA

“Only art is eternal. Everything else disappears.” Jouko Lehtola When my friend and fellow student, photographer Jouko Lehtola, was given the news that he was

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CONTACT

Riitta Rask

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