Sub Rosa
Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa

Eight-year-old Tilda roams freely through the flower shop she lives in, exploring the shady activities that occur behind its walls. As she discovers the truth about her unusual upbringing, she is drawn closer to the store's dark secrets.


The film SUB ROSA observes the 8 year old Tilda as she discovers the indecent world lurking
behind the walls of the flower store she grows up in. The young girl receives a liberal upbringing and roams around freely, curiously peeping through cracks to spy on the store's shady activities while her self-image forms at a tremendous speed. As the flower store is slowly uncovered - so is the little girl's behavior and inner life for the more we learn about the brothel, the more we understand about Tilda.

Besides Tilda we are introduced to two characters, Monique and Olive. Monique is the caretaker, she fails to properly care for the child which enables Tilda to freely pry into the prostitutes' and clients' lives. Olive (prostitute) is subject of both admiration and contempt for Tilda, she longs to be like her but is also aware of how disgraceful Olive's occupation is. The film will stay true to it's title and not reveal much - the past and the future will not be made clear, and the how & why of Tilda's situation will not be explained. The viewer simply observes how the brothel, with it's do's and don'ts, has formed this little girl's mind and behavior. Here, a brutal world is observed through the eyes of a young child - a child that understands more than the adults are willing to admit but is still too innocent to grasp the seriousness of the situation.

About the film

  • Type: Short Film
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 15 min.
  • Language: English
  • Original Title: Sub Rosa
  • International Title: Sub Rosa
  • Production Year: 2014
  • Production Countries: Iceland, England
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HD
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP



Company Credits


  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2015 - Award: Nominated for Short Film of the year.
  • London Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Cardiff Independent Film Festival, 2015
  • San Diego Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Best short film.
  • Leuven International Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy, 2014
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2014 - Award: Special mention from jury.
  • Cork Film Festival, 2014
  • Cyprus International Short Film Festival, 2014

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