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Kilpisj rvell (Axel Straschnoy, )
Kilpisjärvellä presents the Northern Lights as they are experienced by someone watching them from the ground. ... The film follows two cameramen working to record the lights on video as the… Read more

L.A. WITHOUT A MAP (Mika Kaurismäki, 1998)
At the age of 22, Richard has inherited his father's undertaking business in Bradford. During a burial, his life is turned upside-down when he meets Barbara, a beautiful young aspiring actress from L… Read more

LA VIE DE BOHÈME (Aki Kaurismäki, )
... ... Aki Kaurismaki (subject of a 1990 MFF Spotlight) returns with a deadpan remake of La Boheme, which seems to owe as much to the comic bonhomie of Lubitsch's Design For Living, or the romantic … Read more

LE HAVRE (Aki Kaurismaki, 2011)
"A continual pleasure, seamlessly blending morose and merry notes with a deftness that's up there with Kaurismäki's best comic work." - Variety ... In his second French-language film, Finnish auteur… Read more

LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA (Aki Kaurismäki, 1989)
The Leningrad Cowboys do not enjoy a great deal of success or talent. The boys are used to playing Russian songs written for an all-male choir. What they lack in talent or marketability, is compensat… Read more

LETTERS TO KATJA (The Amber Collective, 1994)
The latest documentary from the Newcastle-on-Tyne collective, Amber Films (previous MIFF Kino Award winners with Writing On The Sand), follows the journey of Finnish born photographer, Sirkka-Liisa K… Read more

LIGHTS IN THE DUSK (Aki Kaurismäki, 2006)
“Brilliantly efficient storytelling.” - BBC Passive and isolated, our hero Koistinen is a night watchman, an outcast rejected by the other security guards and snubbed by strangers at the local ba… Read more

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (Timo Bergholm, 1968)
oung Anja, victim of society and of herself. has been sentenced to a young peoples prison. Her loneliness and desperation, her longing for sex and freedom, are studied against the background of strai… Read more

Little Wolf (An Vrombaut, 1993)
A humorous animation about a group of wolf-like creatures. Through some folly, the smallest member of the pack goes the highest. But having jumped so high, the little wolf now has far to fall... ... Read more

MEN CAN’T BE RAPED (Jörn Donner, )
Eva Randers is a divorced librarian with a teenage son. She is approaching her fortieth birthday and to celebrate she asks a female colleague to come to dinner with her. At the restaurant the women o… Read more

METROPIA (Tarik Saleh, 2009)
You can't stop your thoughts. ... It's 2024 and an oil-starved Europe has connected its train systems via a massive underground subway network. Whenever Roger, a call-centre worker from Stockholm, st… Read more

MOTHERS OF LIFE (Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 2002)
Mothers of Life serves as a companion piece to Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lahmuskallio's previous film, Seven Songs from the Tundra (MIFF 2000). Once again the filmmakers journeyed to the remote Yam… Read more

Nature Morte (Lantiand Outi Pitkanen, 1987)
An exercise in transformation ... Read more

ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS (Markku Pölönen, 2001)
Bowling over audiences at Berlin, Toronto and Montreal Film Festivals, Finnish auteur Markku Pölönens fifth film is a burlesque comedy with absurdist overtones. Cynical Helsinki real estate agent R… Read more

ONE MAN'S WAR (Risto Jarva, 1973)
Risto Jarva, one of Finland's leading directors, has been awarded Finland's top prize for this, his sixth picture. The film has similarities to Jarva's earlier and influential A Worker's Diary in bot… Read more

Our Youth (Kaarlo Nuorvala, 1965)
This TV documentary deals with the problems of youth in Finland today. But are the voting ones alone to blame for their misdeeds or are the parents and the adult world around them equaly respon­s… Read more

PEARLS AND PIGS (Pertuu Leppä, 2004)
Pearls and Pigs (Helmiä ja Sikoja) FinlandHand in your good taste at the door. This gross-out Finnish comedy revolves around single dad Erkki and his four stoner, twenty-something sons who run an … Read more

People in Pictures (Eino Ruutsalo, 1974)
A brief survey of Finnish painting in the light of international trends. ... Read more

Pizza Passionata (Kari Juusonen, 2001)
A shy man, a femme fatale across the hall and a ping-pong bat all star in this magnificently spare, bittersweet meditation on the eternal conflict between dreams and reality. Screened in Cannes. ... Read more

Prejudice Identity Project (Eija-Lisa Ahtila, 1993)
A trilogy of films made for insertion between advertisements and programs on Swedish, Finnish and Russian commercial TV channels. Part short drama, part mini-commercial, these films reach way beyond … Read more

Pressure (Kaarlo Nuorvala, 1963)
A sharp protest against the mounting pressures to which school children are subjected at home, at school, in the streets, on the sports field and the effect on the formation of their character. ... Read more

Proto (Richard Wood, 1969)
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Reindeer (Aito Mäkinen, 1969)
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Rocky VI (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
Rocky VI is a serious-minded declaration on cultural policy, a collision of Finnish patriotism, multinational mass entertainment and apolitical straightforwardness respectful to Eastern neighbours. A… Read more

SAUNA (Antti-Jussi Annila, 2008)
“Invokes slavishly two masters, Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick, with this intensely baroque and religion-inflected period horror.” - Screen International ... In 1595, decades of savage war … Read more

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