Avanton Productions produces creative
documentaries, which observe
humanity and the world
around us with a personal
and sensitive touch.

Five Star Existence

Sonja Lindén

People and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined. With the accelerating pace of everyday life and our increasing virtual presence as individuals, the line between the real and the virtual self has begun to blur. In this personal and cinematic journey, the director observes the links between freedom and dependence of our time.

Script and directing: Sonja Lindén
Cinematography: Peter Flinckenberg
Cinematographer / South Korea: Pekka Uotila
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Sound design: Janne Laine, Samu Heikkilä
Music: Rebekka Karijord
Production manager: Mina Laamo
Production: Sonja Lindén, Avanton Productions
Co-production: Stina Gardell, Mantaray Film (SWE)
Duration: 90’
Completion year: 2011


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Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, 2012
Best Future Watch

Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2012
Grand Jury Prize (Best Documentary)

BIFF Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq, 2012
Jury Prize, The Human Image Competition

Kinolitopys – International Documentary Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013
Kyiv Award (the best director)


Festivals and screenings

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (Competition for Feature-Length Documentary), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16.-27.11.2011
DocPoint (New Finnish Documentary Films), Helsinki, Finland, 24.-29.1.2012
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, USA, 12.-15.4.2012
Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, 26.4.-3.6.2012
Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 17.5.-10.6.2012
Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse, Austria, 18.-27.5.2012
Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, USA, 24.-26.8.2012
Saratov Sufferings – International Documentary Drama Film Festival, Saratov, Russia, 14.-19.9.2012
Dok-Sampo – Documentary Film Festival, Riihimäki, Finland, 15.-16.9.2012
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Helsinki, Finland, 20.-30.9.2012
Festroia International Film Festival, Portugal, 21.-30.9.2012
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, 27.9.-7.10.2012
Milwaukee Film Festival, USA, 27.9.-11.10.2012
BIFF Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq, 3.-7.10.2012
Finnish Film Days, Budapest, Hungary 12.-16.10.2012
KINOTEKAS – film project for university students, North-Indian tour 15.10.2012.-27.4.2013 (18 screenings) and South-Indian tour 15.10.2012-10.5.2013 (20 screenings)
Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan, China, 19.10.-4.11.2012
NORDOX – Nordic Documentary Film Festival, Beijing, China, 20.10.-18.11.2012
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9.-14.11.2012
Interfaces, Institut Finlandais, Paris, France, 13.11.2012
Millenium Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 26.4.2013
Kinolitopys – International Documentary Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, 21.-25.5.2013
Millenium – International Documentary Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 31.5.-9.6.2013
Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, Istanbul, Turkey, 1.-6.6.2013
Yalikavak Film Festival, Bodrum, Turkey, 16.-25.8.2013
International Human Rights Film Festival Albania, 8th Edition, Tirana, Albania, 23.-28.9.2013
Zeugma International Film Festival, Gaziantep, Turkey , 2.-6.10.2013
BIFED 2014 – Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Turkey, 30.10.-2.11.2014