Two puppet-like figures with painted faces and exaggerated makeup are positioned close together against a bokeh background with purple and blue hues. The figure on the left has black hair and pink makeup, while the one on the right has bright green hair and darker makeup around the eyes. The facial expressions are fixed and stylized, with a handmade quality to the crafting of their features.

Blush – An Extraordinary Voyage

For 18-year-old Finnish–Kosovan Fatu, a simple visit to the grocery store feels as nerve-racking as a lunar expedition. For the first time in his life, he’s wearing makeup in public. Luckily his best friend Rai, a young woman on the spectrum of autism, is there to ferociously support him through the voyage.

Virtual & Hybrid Passholder Pre-order is now open for this film in the Virtual Theatre. Individual Virtual Theatre ticket sales open January 17th.

About the Filmmaker

Iiti Yli-Harja (b. 1987) is a stop-motion animation artist, a documentarist and a musician. She graduated from Aalto

University, Finland as Master of Arts in 2021. Her films combine documentary material with fictional elements of stop-motion animation. She finds it valuable that even the process of making a film tries to shape the world for the better, not just the end result.

Her documentary puppet animation Real Men (2020) was awarded as the best short film at Helsinki
International Film Festival in 2020.

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