Pihla Viitala is in protagonist role playing Germany Cordoba in Layia Yiourgou´s new movie Red sky.
The other protagonists are Apostolis Totsikas, Orpheas Avgoustidis, Efstathia Tsapareli, Aggeliki Lemoni, Laertis Vasileiou, Altin Huta, Argiris Thanasoulas and others.
Two close friends have their minds on a mutual goal; they “immigrate” to the south of Greece and together they begin a banana greenhouse business in Crete. There they live secluded in a house by the countryside, with a magnificent view of the Libyan Sea having as their sole amusement Angeliki’s nearby tavern. This is a place where mostly foreign tourists arrive; drown like magnets by the magic of the unknown, red African horizon.
Determined to keep women out of their lives, they, and mostly Aris, are unfriendly towards the newly arrived Cordoba, a friend of Aris’ sister who lives and works in Germany.
Stelios, after going on a casual stroll with her in the island’s market, will end up going to bed with her. In a mood of recklessness that “suits” summer affairs. But this “one night stand” will develop into a relationship and lead to Cordoba moving in the house the two friends share. Feeling antagonistic, mostly towards Stelios, Aris finds himself flirting with Cordoba. In his own way, being quite the opposite of Stelios’s, he fascinates her and finally wins her erotic interest as Cordoba finds in each one of them elements she is looking for in a man’s personality.
This split in her desire and the hesitation to decide will trigger the crash between Aris and Stelios. What follows will put their friendship to the test and will overturn balances between them....
Born in Helsinki in 1982, Pihla Viitala began her acting studies at the prestigious Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2004, and since then, she has appeared in a wide range of theatre, TV and film productions.
Her first feature film was the acclaimed GANES (JP Siili, 2007), the story of the Finnish rock band, The Hurriganes. She followed this up with a leading role in the award-winning, TEARS OF APRIL (Aku Louhimies, 2008) and in 2009, HELLSINKI (Aleksi Mäkelä) and her first English language film, REYKJAVIK WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE (Julius Kemp).
Her most recent role is in the Aki Kaurismäki production, BAD FAMILY (Äleksi Salmenperä, 2010), which has its International premier in the Panorama section of the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. Gifted in music, and multi-lingual, Pihla recently wrote and directed her first short film.
Jury's comment: "Her presence on the screen is a wonderful mixture of classic beauty and unconventional emotional power. With subtle grace, she exhibits a strong dramatic presence of both elegance and unpredictability."
© 5 October 2009