Kaisa El Ramly

Writer and Director (Finnland)

Kaisa El Ramly recently finished her Master's of Arts in Film Studies at the ELO Film School Helsinki. Her latest short “Born Wrong” has already been screened at 10 festivals including the Scandinavian Films section at Cannes Short Film Corner. It is an intimate play of two sisters in a taxi on the way to their father’s funeral, an emotionally loaded car ride that ends in tears (Spoiler!). Kaisa drew two very realistic characters who are superbly played by the actresses. Whilst studying Kaisa has both directed and produced documentaries and fiction films. Kaisa originally trained to become an actress from DAMU, The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has worked as an actress in theatres and in film and TV both in Finland and in the Czech Republic. She had an actress engagement in the city theatres of Vaasa and Turku and then became a freelancer and director with her theatre group Teatteri K09. Plays she has include Eugene O'Neill's “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and she wrote a dramatised monologue from a selection of Shakespeare's plays. In addition to being such a versatile artist, Kaisa also speaks four languages: Finnish, English, Czech and Swedish! Currently she is working on her debut feature “Scenes from a Dying Town”. It won the main prize for development from Nordic Talents. The prize money enables her to hold a workshop together with her actors and the heads of department during which they research and rehearse their roles whilst she finishes the final script. “Scenes from a Dying Town” is about people who face their own hopes, fears and dreams when an outsider wanders into town and the courage to let go of the familiar and trusting the new and unknown. Another project is an adaptation of an Egyptian novel which will be a co-production between Germany, Egypt and Finland and the UK.

Selected Filmography:

2016 Born Wrong (Short Fiction)
2014 A Seat With a View (Short Doc)