Any Day Now
Finland, 2020 / 81 min / Farsi, Finnish, English OV with French subt. (FA, FI, EN OV with FR subt.) / Drama
13-year-old Ramin and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee centre in Finland.
Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the school holidays, the family receives the terrible news that their asylum application has been denied. The Mehdipours file a final appeal and continue with their everyday lives, trying to keep a positive attitude despite the looming danger of deportation. As Ramin starts the new school year, every moment, every friendship will be more precious than ever.
In the film, there are no “refugees“ – there are families, friends, neighbors and proud people that don’t compromise on their values. I wanted to make it clear that being a refugee is not an identity; it is not “who we are.“
Director’s Statement, Hamy Ramezan
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“Ramezan (…) shows a welcome lightness of touch with heavy issues that makes them accessible for audiences of all ages. The story (…) carries a strong emotional resonance warm-hearted spirit and family appeal”
Amber Wilkinson,04/03/2021, Screen Daily
“Any Day Now deserves an audience. It is a celebration of the quietly humane, neatly and delicately told on film.”
Christian Thomas, International Cinephile Society, 04/03/2021
- Berlinale Generation, 2021 (Germany)
- Tiantian Award for Best Supporting Actor, Beijing International Film Festival, 2021 (China)
- Tiantian Award for Best Music, Beijing International Film Festival, 2021 (China)
- Award for Best Music, Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux, 2021 (France)
- Best Leading Actor, Jussi Awards, 2021 (Finland)
- Nordisk Film Award, Jussi Awards, 2021 (Finland)
Hamy Ramezan is a Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990. He graduated from the film school at UCA Farnham in 2007 and has since completed several short films. His short film Listen (2015) premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2015, screened at over 200 festivals and was nominated for Best Short Film at European Film Awards. Any Day Now is his feature debut.
- 2020 – Ensilumi (Any Day Now)
- 2016 – Tuntematon pakolainen (documentary)
- 2014 – Listen (short)
- 2014 – Nordic Factory
- 2014 – Paratiisin avaimet (short)
- 2009 – Over the Fence (short)