The documentary film The Echoes of the Universe – The Music of Kaija Saariaho traces Saariaho's evolution from a shy girl in Helsinki to becoming one of the world's most esteemed contemporary composers. Filmed between 2019 and 2022 in Helsinki, Tampere, Ebeltoft (Denmark), Paris, Venice, and Barcelona, the film features interviews with Saariaho herself, her colleagues, and family members. The documentary culminates in Italy, where Kaija Saariaho is honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2021. This film is a heartfelt tribute to Saariaho's extraordinary talent and her profound contribution to Finnish and international music art.
Director Riitta Rask will be introducing the film before the screening. After the screening there will be a Q&A with the director.