For two decades, film director Mari Soppela has been making creative documentaries about her family. A Year On the Sacred Mountain is her fourth film that continues her Finnish saga in the major key.
One of the original motives of the film was to respond to questions that she has had to answer commonly in Amsterdam. That it is not always cold and dark in Finland and even if it were the case it is still possible and even nice to live up there. She wants the viewer to observe how utterly normal life can be in North of the Arctic Circle. Or is it after all?
In her narrative voice-over the director, who has lived half of her life in the Netherlands, reflects on her native country, being an expat and raising children.