An interview with Arto Halonen, the director of "Arnold Cautious and the Happiness Stone", interviewer Milani Perera
"Arto Halonen is an internationally award-winning fiction and documentary film director and producer, known for the meticulous care and strong socially conscious stance he shows toward his subjects. Such is the case for Julius as well - the young protagonist of Halonen’s newest live-action children’s tale.
Julius has a vivid imagination, which worries his parents and his older sister. He is going to start school after the summer, and his family is a bit concerned: how will he fit into the world of school and all its boundaries? Julius’s parents themselves are in the middle of a serious crisis and considering a divorce. Together with his new friend, a “degenerated” vampire Arnold, Julius tries to make a Happiness Stone to solve the issues between his parents and within the family.
“Arnold Cautious is the first fiction screenplay I ever wrote,” says director Halonen. The project started for the writers over 30 years ago. The project was on hold for 20 years, after that the writers were inspired by their children and their creativity.
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