Anu Pennanen

& Stéphane Querrec

Anu Pennanen

Filmmaker Anu Pennanen (°1975), originally from the community of Kirkkonummi in southern Finland, presently lives and works in Berlin and Helsinki. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003.

She wrote and directed several short films which, in addition to art exhibitions, have been screened in international film festivals including the Rotterdam, Hamburg and Glasgow film festivals, the URB Festival at Kiasma in Helsinki and film screenings at museums (such as MOMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest).

She has won the Golden Cube award in Kassel Documentary Film Festival for her film installation “The ruin of the gaze” (2011).

Many of her films have been broadcasted and co-produced by the Finnish TV channel YLE.

Stéphane Querrec

Born in 1979 in the Basques and currently living in Helsinki, Stéphane Querrec is a published author an independent audio-visual producer. He collaborates with Anu Pennanen since 2012. Their joined work has been supported by the Finnish Film Foundation SES, AVEK and the Kone Foundation, among others .

As a writer, Querrec addresses themes of exclusion and sense of belonging in our contemporary world. He is interested in parental relationships (book « And Ordinary Sorrow », radio narrative « A Journey backwards ») as well as nowadays socio political tragedies (short films « Staande! » and « An old poem to read when I m gone»).

As a producer, Querrec has a range of experience. He started producing documentary shorts: “Black Flower”, experiences of forgotten actors of the Velvet Revolution in Slovakia (screened at the MK2 Francois Mitterrand Cinema in Paris and selected for the Altadis Prize in 2006), and “Si se puede!”, about anti-corruption participatory budgeting processes in villages of Ecuador and Colombia  (commissioned by UN Habitat/CIGU the International Centre for Urban Management).

Querrec is passionate about building audiences through community engagement. In 2012 he produced a slate of experimental shorts with vulnerable teenagers in North France (mission CLEA). In 2014 he developed « I would like to tell you this », a film-essay about and made with immigrant women being isolated by radicalized Muslims in France (avant-premiere at the Meliès Cinema in Villeneuve d’Ascq). He went on producing radio plays with people living in disadvantaged areas and conditions , most recently « The Journey Backwards », broadcasted on Potsdam FM in Germany and officially selected at 5th UK Radio Drama in 2019.

At Palo Productions, Stéphane has been committed to produce projects that bring under-explored arenas to light, with a strong focus on telling stories which offer audiences alternative narratives and dramatizing.