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Films From Finland

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 they walk through the tundra, looking for the best spot to capture them. We experience the simple ... Read more
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 Los Angeles. Leaving behind the mundane and ghoulish funeral trade and a shrewish girlfriend, Richard ... Read more
... ... 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 black-and-white Paris of the Nouvelle Vague, as it does to the triple-hanky Puccini opera adapted ... Read more
"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 Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, MIFF 2007) once again taps into a vein of tender, optimistic ... Read more
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 compensated for by their drive for success. Thus, when their manager suggests they leave the tundra for ... Read more
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 Konttinen, as she travels back to Finland with her daughter Katja to rediscover her roots and attempt ... Read more
“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 bar. When the attractive and unforgiving Mirja takes an interest in him, he falls for her, unaware ... Read more
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 strained relationships in this "school home". Then she is released, gets a job and men. But still she ... Read more
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
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 order dinner and they are drawn into a lively party going on in the next-door ballroom. ... Eva is ... Read more
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, steps into Metropia a stranger's voice begins speaking in his head. He turns to shampoo ad girl Nina ... Read more
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 Yamal Peninsula in eastern Siberia to record the lives of the Nenet people. Combining documentary and ... Read more
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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 Rane Koskivuo heads home to sell the family farm, which he has not visited in 20 years (even for his ... Read more
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 both theme and treatment. One Man's War is semi-documentary with most of the cast of non-professionals ... Read more
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 respon­sible? ... Read more
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 illegal after-hours booze racket out of the back of a van. Most of the money they make is poured ... Read more
A brief survey of Finnish painting in the light of international trends. ... Read more
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
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 both categories to become pieces of intense poetic and imaginative force. Each individual film ... Read more
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
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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. Also, Rocky VI is a story about boxing, about dreams and about the healing power of music. The basic ... Read more
“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 have concluded in an uneasy peace between Sweden and Russia. Two brothers, Eerik and Knut, travel ... Read more
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