JOSE is a suspense drama about guilt and its power to shape love and destinies. The story begins as Jone (28) appears in his small hometown after years of absence. It’s been three years since his little brother died after committing suicide. As Jone confronts his mother (59), he finds out that because of the stigma, she has no option but to move out of town. Jone’s arrival starts to bring out memories of a crime, and about a 15-year-old Jose, who police, local media, and finally the whole town condemned. As Jone helps his mourning mother pack, the real reasons behind Jose’s death and Jone’s return begin to open up. The more the truth breaks out, the more useless young Jose’s death appears. The death, which unpredictably ties together four people and their painful memories.
SCRIPT & DEVELOPMENTWriter & Director: Annika GrofScript Grants: Taike, Finnish Film FoundationPlatforms and markets: The Finnish Film Affair 2021
JOSE news in Words
The basis for writing JOSE was the strong sense of real life in spite of the extreme situations that the main characters wind up in. As a director, I’m inspired by the dynamic in the story, which comes from contrasts like emotions/speed, and inversely opening the narrative, which also creates the possibility to build up characters from within. As a writer and director, besides making a powerful film, I also want to stimulate discussion about the narrow space of media, and the consequences of it on all of us.