Breathing Again is a short film about emotional violence. Emotional abuse is often minimised or entirely overlooked as a serious problem. Yet, being in a relationship where this is happening can leave mental scars on the victim more damaging than purely physical or sexual violence. Relationships of this sort may last for many years as perpetrators seek control through ensuring their partner is dependent on them in some way - often financially.
Emotional abuse is not something others can see from the outside—it is measured by the impact it has on the individual’s feelings over a period of time. Those unable to escape are often psychologically trapped from a habit of self-blame and a depleted self-esteem.
Breathing Again aims to inspire public recognition of this neglected issue through reflective discussions on emotional abuse. As a result, it is hoped that more avenues of support will be available for victims to find safe ways out.
The project is currently in post production.
Producer / Writer / Director - Vanessa Vandy Associate producers - Christopher Petrie, Nilza Mafla & Richard Johansson
Filming Crew: 1st ADs - Jessica Brescia, Satu Suomi 2nd ADs - Nilza Mafla, Priya Lorenz Cinematographer - Vanessa Vandy Steadicam op + additional cinematography - Julius Koivistoinen Gaffers - Henri Tondi, Eero Rissanen, Anton Jokikunnas Best boy - Robin Mildh 1st ACs - Kirsikka Pehkonen, Ilari Koskinen Sound - Anton Jokikunnas BTS - Daiva Juozapaityte, Priya Lorenz, Giulnara Chinakaeva Catering - La Soupe / Mikael Uhtio
Post production crew: Editor - Vanessa Vandy Assistant editor - Christopher Petrie Sound designer - Sakari Karjalainen Colorist - Matic Prusnik Graphic designer - Sonja Pennanen Original music - Chris Coleman & Sakari Karjalainen Licensed music - Michael Cameneti, Ryan Taubert & Chris Coleman in courtecy of The Music Bed
Cast: Julia - Alina Tomnikov Tony - Tommi Vesala Tenant - Sara Ritala Jacob - Petja Aki Kolppo Peter - Robin Mildh Mikko - Timo Strom
Gear: Kinos Rentals - kinosfilmi.fi
Special Thanks: Ambronite Ecohostel Tiina-Maija Lehtonen Jere Korppoo Richard Johansson AirbnbHost.fi / Mari Tikkanen Lauri Laukkanen Matias Boettge Kasper Sirenius