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Films From Finland

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 to modern times, the various tales offer us a glimpse into a world rarely seen. ... The Nenets, who ... Read more
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 rear rooms of supermarkets, in bingo halls and garbage trucks. ... Kaurismaki has fashioned an ultra ... Read more
"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 experiences of a small unit and especially the effects of war on one of its leaders, Lieut. Takala. The young ... Read more
"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 historian and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival. Sodankylä Forever is von Bagh's tribute to ... Read more
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 and dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia - three Brazilian states that symbolise Brazil's ... Read more
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 hears the doorbell ring. When he answers it he finds a dog, Najda. Najda is looking for Charlie ... Read more
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 hapless and misfortunate in all his civil enterprises. He then wants to join the army, and although his ... Read more
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 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 and who lives with his father Jormalainen, a quiet and somewhat helpless man. ... One day Karoliina ... Read more
The conqueror is back to fight the good fight. 'Loving is caring', says the Great Rubber Man. ... Read more
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 year's Berlin Film Festival, has been reviewed overseas as a film which pioneers new directions in ... Read more
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, Tokyo Days) investigates the life of Soviet director Alexander Medvedkin, who was a prolific ... Read more
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 salary and the meat chunks from her soup, and then in a dancehall, where she meets a man who takes her ... Read more
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 sent in the van of the advance, and we follow their stories and fates until, in 1944, the Russians ... Read more
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 childhood. He recalls his youth, the often humiliating rituals forced on him by his parents, and his ... Read more
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
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 inspiration - "A white bird on the river is seized by a crocodile. Blood brings a school of piranha ... Read more
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, every mothers nightmare and the film in part bolsters that image. But it also looks under Tino's mask ... Read more
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. To have a Finnish rock'n roll group perform together with one of the most famous and magnificent ... Read more
In this commercial, a man and a woman in a bath have fun with bath cosmetics. ... Read more
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 the Soviet city, 51 girls and 50 boys. One of them is filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. ... St ... Read more
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