They Have Escaped –JP Valkeapää, Finland
North American Premiere
A boy and a girl meet at a custody center for youth with difficulties. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civil service. The girl is
one of the youths in custody, and she is constantly in trouble, with a fire inside her and a lust for life that can't be quashed or controlled.
The boy becomes infatuated with the girl. He is a quiet one; a stutterer. But there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment; the shackles of the hostile environment with no understanding around them can be broken. They steal a car and flee together. Thus begins a journey with endless escapes.