As a patient, a captive in her own inner life, Magdaleena succesfully resists her psychiatrist. The confrontation, filmed in split screen, is less an actual case study than a metaphorical story, based on the filmmaker's personal experience of being looked at as the 'other' because they live and perform outside the binary gender norm.
Elian Mikkola (Author), Matthew Ripplinger (Cinematographer), Elian Mikkola (Cinematographer), Elian Mikkola (Director), Elian Mikkola (Editor), University of Regina (Producer), Elian Mikkola (Script), Reid Miranda (Script), Elian Mikkola (Sound Design), Aksa Korttila (Actor), Irwin Kathleen (Actor), Jaime Williams (Actor), Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (Funder)
Elian Mikkola (b.1990) is a queer filmmaker and media artist currently based in Montréal, Canada. Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University and an MFA in Media Production from the University of Regina, Canada. Their film Magdaleena premiered in 2020 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Mikkola’s award winning debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to the student program of TIFF 's Canada's Top Ten Film Festival in 2017. Mikkola works between digital and analog film mediums. As a trans -and non-binary identifying person, Mikkola often times refers to their gender experience through their art.