Anastasia Lapsui

Anastasia Lapsui (born 1944) is a Soviet-born Nenets film director, screenwriter, and radio journalist who has lived in Finland since 1993. Lapsui, together with Markku Lehmuskallio, directed "Seven Songs from the Tundra," the first narrative film in the Nenets language.[1] Lapsui has won numerous honors, including the Jussi Award for Best Film, and the Grand Prize at the Créteil International Women's Film Festival.

Anastasia Lapsui (2009)


Anastasia Lapsui was born to a nomadic family[1] in Nida, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, northwest of Siberia, in 1944. She graduated from Ural State University in Sverdlovsk Oblast. Early in her career, she was a radio reporter in the city of Salekhard, and also wrote screenplays. Together with her spouse, Markku Lehmuskallio, they have directed more than 10 films about the Nenets, the Sami, and other indigenous peoples from around the world.[2][3] Of the movie Matkalla (On the Way), completed in 2007, Lapsui says:— "This movie has a special meaning to me. In it, I present my own view of the Nenets religion and the afterlife."[4]



  • 1993, Poron hahmossa pitkin taivaankaarta (editing, music, narrator, recording)
  • 1994, Kadotettu paratiisi (planning, Nenets / Finnish translations, editing, recording)
  • 1995, Jäähyväisten kronikka (editing)
  • 1997, Anna (directing, manuscript)
  • 1998, The Sacrifice: A Film About a Forest (directing, planning, recording, editing)
  • 1999, Seven Songs from the Tundra (directing, costume, cut, staging, manuscript)
  • 2001, Shepherd (directing, manuscript)
  • 2002, Mothers of Life (directing, editing, voice, songs)
  • 2003, A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (directing, costume, manuscript)
  • 2004, Fata Morgana (directing, editing, recording, manuscript)
  • 2006, The Sami (guidance, editing)
  • 2007, Matkalla (directing, screenplay, actor)
  • 2008, Travelling
  • 2009, Earth Evocation
  • 2010, Pudana Last of the Line
  • 2012, 11 Images of a Human
  • 2015, Tsamo
  • 2017, Pyhä (credited as Anastasia Lapsuy)

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  1. ^ a b "Kahden kulttuurin elokuvia" [Two-culture films]. Ilkka (in Finnish). No. 263. 28 September 2018. p. 33. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "A tribute to Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio - La Cinémathèque québécoise". Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. ^ Moring, Kirsikka (31 December 2019). "Katoavan tundran elämää tallentava Markku Lehmuskallio, 80, on nähnyt, mitä tapahtuu, kun hänen elokuviaan esitetään nenetseille – "Jopa porokoirat haukahtelevat riemusta"" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ Anneli Ahonen, Oman kansansa tiennäyttäjä. Helsingin Sanomat, 25.7.2007, p. C6.
  5. ^ "He saivat taiteilijaeläkkeet - katso lista!". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). 30 June 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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