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SEVEN SONGS FROM THE TUNDRA (Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 2000)
Take a journey to the top of the world. Seven Songs from the Tundra is an anthology of tales set in far north Russia, depicting the life of the Nenets. Ranging in time from early last century through… Read more

SHADOWS IN PARADISE (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
Shadows in Paradise borrows its title from an Erich Maria Remarque novel about wartime refugees. It is an attempt by director Aki Kaurismaki at a realistic love story with scenes taking place in the … Read more

SISSIT (Mikko Niskanen, 1963)
"Sissit" is the name of Finland's famed commando group which patrolled the borders of the country and staged harassing raids into enemy territory during the last war. The film tells of the experience… Read more

SODANKYLÄ FOREVER - THE CENTURY OF CINEMA (Peter von Bagh, 2010)
"Peter von Bagh carves a forceful, fastmoving, often melancholic but frequently funny essay about cinema as the essence of the 20th century. " - Film Comment ... Peter von Bagh is a filmmaker, film h… Read more

SOUND OF BRAZIL (Mika Kaurismäki, 2001)
Take Buena Vista Social Club, pump the volume up to 11 (Spinal Tap style), and crank the colour beyond garish. This musical road movie is a 4,000km journey of discovery into the musicians, singers an… Read more

Stiller, Garbo & I (Claes Olsson, Alvaro Pardo, 1987)
The story of Maurice Stiller, the silent director, his dog Charly and Stiller's grandson Ruben. When Stiller went to Hollywood, Charly remained in Sweden. It is 1961 and Stiller's grandson, Ruben hea… Read more

SVEN DUFVA (Edvin Laine, 1955)
Sven Dufva is a historical epic from the Finno-Russian War 1808-09. The story starts a few months before the war breaks out and shows us Sven, a simple, good-hearted farmer boy, who seems to be haple… Read more

Symphony in Glass (V. Laihanen, 1961)
An interestingly conceived little film showing the work of Finnish designers, who look for inspiration in nature for the original forms which they adapt for their designs in glass. ... Read more

THE GIFT (Jack Witikka, 1961)
The setting is a courtyard of a small Finnish village some time in the 'twenties. Amongst the villagers who congregate in the square the story centres mainly on Peter, whose mother has recently died … Read more

The Great Rubber Man (Sauli Rantamacki, 1988)
The conqueror is back to fight the good fight. 'Loving is caring', says the Great Rubber Man. ... Read more

THE JOURNEY (Peter Watkins, 1986)
I don't think we can ever say that we are informed rather that we are formed. ... Interviewee in The Journey ... Peter Watkins new film The Journey, the highlight of the International Forum at this y… Read more

THE LAST BOLSHEVIK (Chris Marker, 1993)
The Last Bolshevik opens with the contention that it is not the literal past that hold us in thrall, but the images of that past. ... An intelligent and inspiring filmmaker, Chris Marker (Sans Soleil… Read more

THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL (Aki Kaurismäki, 1989)
Humiliation and torment constitute the basic conditions of Iris's life. She is exploited at the factory, where she endures the drudgery of the production line, at home, where her parents hog her sala… Read more

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Edvin Laine, 1955)
In 1941 Finnish troops pushed forward info Russian territory to recapture the isthmus, of Karelia, which the Russians took from Finland in 1939. A machine-gun detachment of National Servicemen is sen… Read more

THREE SCENES WITH INGMAR BERGMAN (Jörn Donner, 1975)
Jörn Donner has condensed some sixteen hours of conversation with Ingmar Bergman into this hour-and-a-half profile of the Swedish film director. Bergman talks about his films, his way of life, his c… Read more

Through the Ice to Finland (Valentin Vaala, 1962)
This beautifully photographed film shows how communications over the frozen sea are kept open by ice-breakers operating throughout the long Finnish winter. ... Read more

TIGRERO (Mika Kaurismäki, 1994)
In 1954, Sam Fuller went to Brazil, into the Amazonian rain forest with a 16mm camera scouting locations for his adventure film, Tigrero, to star John Wayne, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power. Fuller's in… Read more

Tino (Tahvo Hirvonen, 1994)
Tino is a thirty-year old punk fire-eater and cow­hand, with an anarchist's opposition to the way things are. Almost toothless, scarred, tattooed and mohawked, he looks tike and appears to be, ev… Read more

TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW (Aki Kaurismäki, 1993)
It's inspired. It's crazed. It's beyond imagining. It's a rock'n roll detente. A pop perestroika. It's the Total Balalaika Show! ... In the beginning there was an idea - a joke - an incredible one. T… Read more

Vivante (Marjut Rimminen, 1971)
In this commercial, a man and a woman in a bath have fun with bath cosmetics. ... Read more

WEDNESDAY (Victor Kossakovsky, 1996)
Leningrad, 19 July 1961. A summer's day and the newspapers are full of the usual articles. The world is (un)comfortably entangled in the Cold War. An average day in Leningrad: 101 babies are born in … Read more

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