Films From Finland

A prizewinner at Venice, IDFA (Amsterdam) and Thessaloniki film festivals, this stunning documentary reveals how the Chechen War has affected children on both sides of the conflict. Room 1, set in a military academy near St Petersburg, portrays the highly regimented lives of the young cadets being trained for future roles in the Russian army. Room 2, filmed in Grozny, Chechnya, shows the widesprea... Read more
Famous for being 21/2 metres tall, Väinö Myllyrinne toured the world. Now represented as a life-sized puppet, his fame and travels continue. ... Director Jani Peltonen is a guest of the Festival. ... D/S Jani Peltonen P Sami Jahnukainen WS Mouka Filmi L Finnish, Italian w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
In the early days of the Summer of 1941, the Finnish army is mobilised on the Russian border. An idealistic young lieutenant, Eero, leads his platoon into a newly conquered village. There he sees his beloved fiancee Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxiliary Corps. Eero asks his superiors to have Kaarina and the other women transferred from the front line. In return, he accepts a dangerous r... Read more
The life and photographic works of Ivan Timirjasew, who served as adjutant to the Russian military governor of Finland ... for 27 years. His still photographs provide a remarkable record of living ... conditions in Finland during the last years of Czarist rule. ... Read more
The story is extremely simple. Anna is a lonely, divorced woman who works in a hospital and is also writing a thesis. She decides to take a holiday on a small island in the far northern archipelago of Finland, and takes along her daughter and a young girl who acts as secretary-nursemaid. Next door lives a hard-drinking former politician, whose son quickly starts an affair with the girl. Anna canno... Read more
Ariel is the second film in a trilogy of films depicting Finland 1986-1989 that began with Shadows in Paradise (1986), and was completed with The Match Factory Girl (1989). It is the story of a young man, Kasurinen, who arrives in an inhospitable southern town after the Lappland mine, where he and his father work, shuts down. Left with the car his father left him - a snow white Cadillac convertibl... Read more
To give an insight into the conditions under which people on the fringes of Finnish society live, the film concentrates on one day in the life of a skid row alcoholic: his birthday. ... Read more
This is the story of Juha Holm. 33-year-old model family man, hero of a magazine story, showing him surrounded by his happy wife and loving children. Is this picture quite true? The film lays bare the reality behind the banal material presented by the magazine, and we learn about the real Juha, his involvement with a giri in his office. Caught between his warm and beautiful wife, and cold and beau... Read more
A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (Jumalan Morsian) FinlandIn the vast, frozen expanses of the Jamal Peninsula in Russia's far north, the astonishing story of a woman's marriage to a god is recounted. Shrouded in the smoke of a tiny fire, scant protection against an impending blizzard, an aged woman recounts her bizarre life to a young blind girl.Numbd Syarda's destiny was sealed at her birth. Omens i... Read more
A true story, based on the life of a young nurse and her experiences in a Finnish mental hospital. The nurse, Tuulikki, is young, naive and idealistic when she takes up her duties. But she is immediately put to work on the 'locked women's ward'; and assigned Katarina, a particularly difficult patient Katarina, in fact is a brilliant young philosophy student who believes she is the 'fuse' for the '... Read more
An unlikely dance film between a fisherman in the arctic and a man he discovers frozen under the ice. ... Read more
Another screen version of Dostocvsky's novel, and one of the best Finnish films of recent years. Raskolnikov here is Rahikainen, a former law student, who now works in a slaughterhouse in Helsinki. One day, Rahikainen goes to the house of a man who, while drunk, three years ago had killed his fiancee in an accident; he shoots the man without offering any explanation. ... Still in the house, he is ... Read more
Variations by three Flemish artists on the Crucifixion theme. Commentary from King James' Bible with musical arrangement of Verdi's "Requiem" and Bach's "Unaccompanied Cello". Paintings include "Christ Carrying the Cross" by the Master of the Turin Adoration (1490-1510), "Christ on the Cross and the Virgin and St. John", by Roger van der Weyden (1399-1464), and "Pieta" by Gerard David (1460-1523).... Read more
Earth, Our Sinful Sonh is adapted from a novel of the same name by Timo K. Mukka, a young Lapp who was only 19 years old when the book was published and became a literary sensation in Finland. Rauni Mollberg. a former TV director making his feature film debut, has filmed the book in a village in southern Lapland, and in doing so has made the first feature about these isolated people. The story cen... Read more
A misanthropic mechanic running a black-market pet euthanising business comes to blows with a gang of right-wing thugs in this dark comedy from Finland. ... Veijo runs a side-business putting ailing and unwanted pets to sleep while admonishing their owners for their failings as caretakers and humans. But when he decides to save and befriend a black dog belonging to wannabe gangster Petri, he runs ... Read more
Four designers are shown at work on four types of product: metalware, textiles, ceramics and glass. The film ends with some beautiful examples of the work of these and other Finnish craftsmen. ... Read more
A searing salute to Scorsese's Taxi Driver, filmmaker Aku Louhimies based Frozen City on the fate of one of the characters from his television series Fragments (2003) and follows a narrative thread from his Frozen Land (MIFF 2005). The story picks up where a cab driver, abandoned by his wife and family, tackles a conviction of manslaughter. The problem is he can't recall this fatal act, having bee... Read more
Aku Louhimies' tough and fearless [Frozen Land] was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's short story [Faux Billet], in which mischance is passed from one person to another. It thus finds a peer in Robert Bresson's 1983 [L'Argent], also inspired by [Faux Billet]. Cleaning up at Gothenburg Film Festival, including the Best Nordic Film, [Frozen Land] delves into the territory of courage, consequence and surviva... Read more
A "black and white underground, B-movie classical drama" born out of serious drinking with a friend, Hamlet Goes Business is the only one of Kaurismäki's films winch the director professes to like, New Musical Express recently reported. "I think I made the blackest version of Hamlet ever. . . there's no-one alive in the end, all the characters in the film are dead except the dog. It's a big, indus... Read more
Happy Games is composed of two episodes, one a romantic incident, the other a comedy. ... Stick is a comedy about a family's week-end trip — with father, mother, three children, and animals — to grandmother's summer cottage. The humour is simple and unsophisticated. ... Juulia is a "cynical romance" described on three levels. Juulia tells her girl friend about a summer interlude in a way she belie... Read more
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