Anu Valve

Anu Valve

Director, Writer


Anu Valve is a Finnish director and screenwriter who is known for her work in independent film. She was born in 1973 in Helsinki, Finland, and has been making films since the early 1990s. She is known for her unique style of storytelling, often focusing on themes such as family dynamics, identity, and coming-of-age stories.

Anu began her career as an assistant director to Aki Kaurismäki on several of his films, including “The Man without a Past” and “The Other Side of Hope”. During this time, she was also studying for her Masters Degree in Dramatic Arts. In 2000, Anu wrote and directed her first feature film, “Lilja 4-ever.” This film won several awards, including the Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize for Best European Film.

Since then, Anu has directed several other feature films, including “The Life of Pi” (2004), “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009), “The Girl Who Played with Fire” (2010), and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (2011). She also wrote and directed the TV series “The Bridge” (2013-14), which won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series. Her most recent feature film, “The Other Side of Hope” (2017), was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Anu’s films have been praised for their strong visual style and emotional depth. She has been praised for her ability to tell stories that are both accessible and meaningful. Her work has been compared to that of the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Aki Kaurismäki. Anu is also known for her willingness to take risks with her projects, often exploring themes that are rarely seen in mainstream cinema.

Anu Valve is an extremely talented and respected director, who has made an impact on the world of independent cinema. Her films have been praised for their originality and emotional depth, and she has become an icon of the Finnish film industry.

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