From October 6 in Italian cinemas with Adler Entertainment Outbreak – The Form of Evil, Finnish horror film from first director Hanna Bergholm. “Hatching” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, was already released in US theaters in April and will debut in UK theaters on September 16.
Plot and Cast
The official plot: In “Hatching,” 12-year-old gymnast Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother (Sophia Heikkilä), whose popular blog “Lovely Everyday Life” portrays their family’s idyllic existence as a curated suburban perfection. One day, after finding an injured bird in the woods, Tinja brings her strange egg home, places it in her bed, and feeds it until it hatches. The emergent creature becomes her best friend and a living nightmare, plunging Tinja under the spotless blanket into a twisted reality her mother refuses to see.
The cast of “Hatching” also includes Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin, Oiva Ollila, Ida Määttänen, Saija Lentonen, Stella Leppikorpi, Hertta Nieminen, Aada Punakivi, Hertta Karen, Jonna Aaltonen and Miroslava Agejeva.
Outbreak – trailers and videos
Official trailer with English subtitles released on January 12, 2022
New official trailer with English subtitles released on May 5, 2022
New Official English Trailer Released July 21, 2022
Official Italian trailer released on September 12, 2022
- First-time director Hanna Bergholm is directing “Hatching” from a script by Ilja Rautsi, based on a story by Bergholm.
- The original title of the film is “Pahanhautoja”.
- The film is a Finland-Sweden co-production
- The creature was played by an animatronic puppet, created by animatronic designer Gustav Hoegen and his team. As the monster evolves, instead of the puppet, the creature is played by different performers. The special makeup was created by three-time Oscar-nominated makeup artist Conor O’Sullivan for Best Makeup for The black Knight, Saving Private Ryan. O’Sullivan recently made up Morbius, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the TV series moon knight.
Who is Hanna Bergholm?
Director Hanna Bergholm graduated in 2009 from Helsinki University of Art and Design with a Masters in Filmmaking. His first feature film Hatching it had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. He has previously directed internationally award-winning short films and television series. His latest horror short film puppet master has been selected in several international film festivals including Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal 2018, Fantastic Fest in Austin 2018 and also at the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York 2019.
Statements and interviews
Director Hanna Bergholm on using the doppelgänger element (via Vulture):
When screenwriter Ilja Rautsi and I were developing the script together, we discussed using this trope to show how this girl feels she’s not completely accepted as she is, so she has to hide some of his emotions, certain aspects of his character. . And he puts it all into this doppelgänger, which represents his assaults, his pain, his need and his imperfections. I really wanted to show you how to see yourself as a whole person, how to also see your faults and deal with them. Also, in this mother-daughter relationship, what usually happens is that the parent sees their flaws in the child. My theory is that maybe that’s why it’s so hard for Mom to see this monster: because he reminds her of her own flaws.
Hanna Bergholm on Creature Design (via ScreenRant):
The whole creature design process started in Finland with two wonderful concept artists. They and I designed the creature’s appearance and drew some concept art of it. I really knew then that I wanted this creature to be a creature with practical effects and not a CG character. I wanted him to have a real physical presence and I knew we needed the best person possible to be in charge of making this puppet. Then I googled “Who is the best animatronics designer in the world?” And Google told me it was Gustav Hoegen, who was responsible for the animatronic design in the Star Wars, Jurassic World, and Prometheus movies. I contacted him, he was thrilled to come on board and he put together a great team to make this puppet. On set, there were five puppeteers moving the puppet with their wands, and there was Gustav moving all the facial expressions and fingers with the remote controls. It was actually very technical and very difficult, because it took several takes to make it really real. The staging was interesting, because you can’t talk to the puppet. Sometimes it seems like something is wrong, but what is it? Because it’s so technical. Luckily the lead puppeteer was watching the monitor with me and I was able to tell him that the beat doesn’t feel quite real. He could therefore say from a technical point of view that “Ah! Here it is” and translate to the other puppeteers what was wrong. I did a lot of teamwork, with many people bringing this creature to life.
- The original music of the film is by the composer Stein Berge Svendsen (Trigger, Little Detective Angels, 1989, Trio – In search of the miraculous treasure, The Devil’s Bride).