Sub Rosa

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
  • Length
    15 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Sub Rosa
  • International Title
    Sub Rosa
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, England
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color
  • Screening format and subtitles

Company Credits


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