Hanna Bergholm’s coming-of-age film HATCHING is a visceral combination of supernatural horror and grim satire that dissects emotional manipulation and mother-daughter dynamics. Tween gymnast Tinja spends most of her time training for an upcoming competition, fighting with her obnoxious little brother, and desperately trying to please her image-obsessed mother. After Tinja discovers a dying bird in the woods, she brings its strange egg home and nurtures it until it hatches. The supernatural creature that emerges, christened “Alli”, becomes Tinja’s only friend and surrogate child. Tinja becomes more and more aware of her own emotions and repression while Alli grows more and more aggressive and grotesque. Before long, Tinja must contend with the disconnect between her newfound maternal instincts and the demands of her own overbearing mother. (Katie Small, Sundance Film Festival)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Pahanhautoja (Hatching, 2022) - Puppet Master (2018, short)
Nachtsicht | Night Sight · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2022
Hanna Bergholm
Finland / Sweden 2022
86 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ilja Rautsi
Cinematography Jarkko T. Laine
Editing Linda Jildmalm
Sound/Sounddesign Carl Svensson
Music Stein Berge Svendsen
With Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Oiva Ollila, Reino Nordin
Producer(s) Mika Ritalahti, Nico Ritalahti, Peter Possne, Nima Yousefi
Silva Mysterium, Film i Väst, Hobab
World Sales
Wild Bunch
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
World Premiere
Sundance Film Festival 2022
In cooperation with SLASH.