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Breathing Again - Short Film

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

Julia - Alina Tomnikov
Tony - Tommi Vesala
Tenant - Sara Ritala
Jacob - Petja Aki Kolppo
Peter - Robin Mildh
Mikko - Timo Strom

Kinos Rentals -

Special Thanks:
Tiina-Maija Lehtonen
Jere Korppoo
Richard Johansson / Mari Tikkanen
Lauri Laukkanen
Matias Boettge
Kasper Sirenius

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