PRESENTING THE LATEST FINNISH FILMS
FIN NISH FIL MS 20 15 1
Dear Friends. You are holding in your hands our latest catalogue of Finnish features, documentaries and short films. 2014 was a great year for Finnish Film both nationally and internationally. Our domestic market share continues to grow and was 28% last year. Internationally last year opened with a high note as Selma Vilhunen’s short film Do I have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for Academy Award in the Short Live Action category. Jalmari Helander’s Big Game premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was instantly nabbed for US distribution. Peter Flinckenberg’s amazing camerawork in Concrete Night earned him a nomination for the 2015 Spotlight Award of the American Cinematographer’s Association. 2015 promises to be no less intriguing year for the Finnish film. Antti J. Jokinen will bring to the screens Wildeye, a fierce love story set against the historical backdrop of Lapland War fought in 1944-1945. Klaus Härö has helmed The Fencer, a gripping drama situated in 1950s Estonia while Petri Kotwica has directed Absolution, a drama about one faithful car journey and the devastating repercussions it has on the lives of all the involved. One of the most eagerly awaited films in 2015 is our largescale international co-production, Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King. Malin Buska magnificently stars as Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic young woman who changed the course of history. Finnish documentary films have always been of great quality. Joonas Berghäll’s previous documentary film The Steam of Life took the world by storm, so his second feature-length documentary Mother’s Wish is on everyone’s list of must-see films. You are welcome to explore the rest of the films in this catalogue and find your own personal favorites. We will be happy to help you with the screeners of your choice. The Finnish film catalogue will be kept up to date online at catalogue.ses.fi where you can also enjoy the trailers or teasers of the films as they become available.
FI NI FI M 20 15
ADMISSIONS 7,5 million
BOX OFFICE 74 million euros
DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE 28%
294 (100% digitized)
FEATURE FILMS PRODUCED 36 (of which 10 co-productions)
TOTAL SUPPORT GRANTED 2014
27 million EUR (by The Finnish Film Foundation)
IN ISH IL MS 0 5 CONTENTS 02 Foreword 05 Festival
Contacts for Short and Documentary Films
Contacts for Feature Films
FEATURE FILMS; CHILDREN & YOUTH
- The Movie 07 The Island of Secrets 08 Lovemilla 09 Moomins on the Riviera 10 Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville 11 We are the Pirates of the Roads
Me Rings 42 Cheer the F**k Up 43 Emergency Call – A Murder Mystery 44 Home Somewhere 45 Leaving Africa 46 Marzia, My Friend 47 Monsterman 48 Mother’s Wish 49 My Sister, 2 Spirited 50 Pixadores 51 The Salesman of Happiness 52 Spandex Sapiens 53 Tale of a Lake 54 The Voice of Sokurov 55 War and Peace of Mind 41 Between
FEATURE FILMS 12 2
Nights Till Morning
13 Absolution 14 Adult
Camp Alive! 16 Big Game 17 Boy Upside Down 18 Distractions 19 Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl 20 The Fencer 21 The Girl King 22 The Grump 23 Headfirst 24 Homecoming 25 Lapland Odyssey 2 26 The Mine 27 Off-Key 28 Other Girls 29 Raspberry Boat Refugee 30 Reunion 31 The Swedish Moment 32 Theo’s House 33 They have escaped 34 Tsamo 35 Urban Family 36 Vares – The Sheriff 37 Wildeye 15 Armi
SHORT FILMS 56 BabyBox 57 Flapping 57 Just
a Name All the Way 58 Noste 59 Reunion 59 Turnaround 58 Mercy
LOVEMILLA / IT´S ALIVE FILMS. PHOTO ORIGINAL: KALLE TARKIAINEN
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FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
SOLAR FILMS INC. DCP | 80’
FINNISH PREMIERE: NOVEMBER 27, 2015
HEAVYSAURS – THE MOVIE HEVISAURUS Heavysaurs is a partly animated live action family adventure about two kids who find five funny dinosaur creatures that love to eat and play rock music. When the creatures are taken into captive, their rescue takes the kids on an exciting adventure full of challenges and surprises.
DIRECTOR: PEKKA KARJALAINEN SCRIPT: VELI-PEKKA HÄNNINEN, ANTERO ARJATSALO, HEIKKI SALO CINEMATOGRAPHY: KONSTA SOHLBERG EDITING: KIMMO TAAVILA MUSIC: HEVISAURUS, SCORE NINO LAURENNE, PASI HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: PEKKA KARJALAINEN SET DESIGN: MARKUS PACKALÉN COSTUMES: HENNA-RIIKKA TASKINEN CAST: HEAVYSAURS AS THEMSELVES, MILO SNELLMAN, SALLI SIIVONEN, KARI HIETALAHTI, TANELI MÄKELÄ, EIJA VILPAS, TIMO KAHILAINEN, JAN NYQUIST, HEIKKI HELA, KAISA MATTILA, TONI WAHLSTRÖM, SANNA STELLAN PRODUCERS: NINA LAURIO, EXECUTIVES JUKKA HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
PEKKA KARJALAINEN (1961), is the director of five feature films and a well-known sound designer and sound mixer. He has also scored for more than 30 films, TV series and documentaries.
FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
YELLOW FILM & TV DCP | 2.35:1 | 86’
FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 31, 2014
THE ISLAND OF SECRETS LOMASANKARIT A newly formed family is spending its first holiday together. Toni (15), hating the water, feels like an outsider when his step-brothers Aleksi (14) and Veeti (11) are happily enjoying swimming. Toni’s mood picks up, however, when he befriends local girl Adriana (15). While in town, Toni witnesses Adriana’s sudden kidnapping. The three boys must work together in order to save Adriana. This adventure takes them from high mountain tops to the bottom of the sea.
DIRECTOR: TAAVI VARTIA SCRIPT: TAAVI VARTIA, KAROLIINA LINDGREN, NIKLAS LINDGREN CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIKA ORASMAA EDITING: BENJAMIN MERCER MUSIC: PANU AALTIO SOUND DESIGN: JUHA HAKANEN SET DESIGN: MAHI ARVANITI COSTUMES: TRIADA PAPADIKI CAST: NUUTTI KONTTINEN, EMIL AUNO, VEIKKA VAINIKKA, IFIGENEIA TZOLA, LAURA MALMIVAARA, VILLE MYLLYRINNE PRODUCERS: JARKKO HENTULA, LILETTE BOTASSI (CO-PRODUCER) PRODUCTION COMPANY: YELLOW FILM & TV CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: INKAS FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, GREEK FILM CENTRE FINANCING TV COMPANIES: NELONEN MEDIA, OTE TV DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: EASTWEST FILMDISTRIBUTION
TAAVI VARTIA, 48, has directed two feature films and several hundred episodes of TV drama and documentaries for all national TV channels of Finland. In recent years he has been focusing on dramas for young people. His first feature film, Rolli and the Golden Key (2013), got over 200,000 admissions at the cinema. Vartia writes and directs for theatre as well. And he has written several novels both for adults and young people.
FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
IT´S ALIVE FILMS DCP | 2.35:1 | 97’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Aimo and Milla are living together at Milla’s alcoholics-turned-zombie-parents’ place. They save money to move out of zombie-house. Due to his lack of self-confidence, Aimo wastes their savings to turbo-boost his muscles. Milla doesn’t like new the Aimo-Robot and leaves him. Aimo’s heartache leads him to extreme measures as he also changes his heart into one of metal – one that can’t feel pain. Milla decides to steal Aimo’s heart back — after all, man ś got to have a man’s heart.
DIRECTOR: TEEMU NIKKI SCRIPT: TEEMU NIKKI & JANI PÖSÖ CINEMATOGRAPHY: JYRKI ARNIKARI FSC EDITING: IIKKA HESSE MUSIC: JANNE HUTTUNEN SOUND DESIGN: TUOMAS SEPPÄNEN & TIMO ANTTILA SET DESIGN: KARI KANKAANPÄÄ COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN PRODUCER: JANI PÖSÖ PRODUCTION COMPANY: IT’S ALIVE FILMS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: HUMINA, JAMES POST, SANKARILIIGA PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM FINLAND
TEEMU NIKKI (b.1975) is a self-educated filmmaker and the son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed dozens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos – as well as several feature films and TV shows. That makes him a genre-free thus genre-enthusiastic director and storyteller. Teemu´s work has been shortlisted and awarded at Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Eurovision Creative Days, Cannes Young Directors, CICFF, Tampere Film Festival, Popoli e Religioni Film Festival and Darryl’s Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival.
FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
HANDLE PRODUCTIONS DCP | 1.85:1 | 77’
FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 10, 2014
MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA MUUMIT RIVIERALLA In search of adventures, the Moomins set sail for the Riviera, where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy’s sting is the most painful of all. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retires, together with Moomin, to the relative calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for their family to come to their senses. For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened. The movie is based on Tove Jansson’s original comic strips.
DIRECTOR: XAVIER PICARD CO-DIRECTOR: HANNA HEMILÄ ORIGINAL STORY: TOVE JANSSON SCRIPT: LESLIE STEWART, ANNINA ENCKELL, HANNA HEMILÄ, XAVIER PICARD, BEATA HARJU STORYBOARD ARTISTS: FRANÇOIS VATAUX CHARACTER DESIGN: VALERIE HADIDA B/G DESIGN: ANITA PÉTILLON, DAVID DANY COLOR DESIGN: SOPHIE BECK, HEIDI PACKALÉN EDITING: THOMAS BELAIR SOUND DESIGN: JOONAS JYRÄLÄ PRODUCERS: HANNA HEMILÄ, XAVIER PICARD PRODUCTION COMPANY: HANDLE PRODUCTIONS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: PICTAK PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, NORDIC FILM AND TV FOND, SVENSKA KULTURFONDEN, KONSTSAMFUNDET, THE MEDIA PROGRAMME, SVENSKA FOLKSKOLANS VÄNNER OTHER PRODUCTION FUNDING: MOOMIN CHARACTERS OY LTD FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVENSKA YLE DISTRIBUTION: NORDISK FILM (FINLAND, SWEDEN); GEBEKA FILMS (FRANCE); PHANTOM (JAPAN); PRAESENS (SWITZERLAND); VERTIGO (U.K, EIRE); VICTORY (BENELUX); EDKO (HONG KONG); ORLANDO (ISRAEL); SHOOTING STARS (MIDDLE EAST); MADMAN (AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND) INTERNATIONAL SALES: INDIE SALES (FRA)
XAVIER PICARD is a French-born writer, director and producer. His prolific international film career includes over 300 hours of animation with i.a. Jean Chalopin (The Bots’ Master), Hanna Barbera (Jonny Quest), Luc Besson and Mamoru Oshii (Valerian) as well as the notable TV series Marcelino and Odd Family. Xavier’s work has been distributed in more than 100 countries by Avi Arad, Bohbot Int., Nippon Animation, TF1 Int. and Freemantle Media. Xavier Picard has also directed 7 animated movies for the French pavilion of the World Expo Shanghai 2010.
FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
ARTISTA FILMI OY DCI | 2.39:1 | 75’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015
RICKY RAPPER AND THE SCROOGE OF SEVILLE RISTO RÄPPÄÄJÄ JA SEVILLAN SAITURI An astonishing surprise awaits Ricky Rapper! He will hear that he is the sole heir of a distant relative. A miserly man living in Seville has amassed a huge fortune and this could soon belong to Ricky. Now the vivacious Ricky must undergo training to become a young man with good manners. But this is no easy task. Nelly begins to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The big mysterious house where Ricky goes to meet his relative is full of thrilling secrets and strange servants.
DIRECTOR: TIMO KOIVUSALO SCRIPT: SINIKKA NOPOLA AND TIINA NOPOLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: PERTTI MUTANEN EDITING: JYRKI LUUKKO AND TIMO KOIVUSALO MUSIC: ESA NIEMINEN SOUND DESIGN: JYRKI LUUKKO SET DESIGN: MARKKU MYLLYMÄKI COSTUMES: ERJA MIKKOLA CAST: SAMUEL SHIPWAY, SANNI PAATSO, VESA VIERIKKO, MINTTU MUSTAKALLIO, RIITTA HAVUKAINEN, ESKO ROINE, TOM LINDHOLM PRODUCER: TIMO KOIVUSALO PRODUCTION COMPANY: ARTISTA FILMI OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: RICKY RAPPER OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV3, FINLAND DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY NORDIC INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTISTA FILMI OY
TIMO KOIVUSALO (1963) is a Finnish producer, director, writer and editor. He is the owner of the production company Artista Filmi. Since 1994 he has directed 14 feature films, both drama/comedies such as The Leaning Tower and historic epochs such as Sibelius. He has received several film awards. Koivusalo has been a famous TV host since 1992 and has been successful in the music industry as well. Several of his songs have resulted in Gold and Platinum records. He has composed music for 7 feature films.
FEATURE FILMS: CHILDREN & YOUTH
KINOPRODUCTION OY DCP | 1.85:1 | 85’
FINNISH PREMIERE: MARCH 2015
WE ARE THE PIRATES OF THE ROADS ME ROSVOLAT The Rosvola family – The Robbersons drive around the country in their pirate car robbing bypassing cars of their sweets, extra food and consumer goods. Life changes for the Rosvolas when they accidentally kidnap 10-year-old Vilja, a diligent school girl. Will Vilja succeed in escaping or will she become friends with the Rosvolas´ children Hele (12 years) and Kalle (9 years)? We are the Pirates of the Roads is a funny and crazy adventurous road movie for children.
DIRECTOR: MARJUT KOMULAINEN SCRIPT: MARJUT KOMULAINEN, MELLI MAIKKULA CINEMATOGRAPHY: HARRI RÄTY EDITING: OSKAR FRANZÉN MUSIC: JANNE STORM SOUND DESIGN: PIETARI KOSKINEN SET DESIGN: ANU MAJA COSTUMES: KAROLIINA KOISO-KANTTILA CAST: KARI VÄÄNÄNEN, LOTTA LEHTIKARI, JUSSI VATANEN, SIRKKU ULLGREN, ILONA HUHTA, MIO MÄÄTTÄ PRODUCER: CLAES OLSSON PRODUCTION COMPANY: KINOPRODUCTION OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, MEDIA, REGIONAL COUNCIL OF NORTH CARELIA FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TRUST NORDISK
MARJUT KOMULAINEN, born 1953, is a director, scriptwriter and actress. She has directed several awarded TV series for young people. We are the Pirates of the Road is her first feature film for theatrical release.
MJÖLK MOVIES DCP | 2.39:1 |ǀ 85’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FALL 2015
2 NIGHTS TILL MORNING 2 YÖTÄ AAMUUN A one-night stand between two strangers in a foreign country and without a mutual language takes an unexpected turn as a volcanic ash cloud prevents all flights from taking off.
DIRECTOR: MIKKO KUPARINEN SCRIPT: MIKKO KUPARINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO VIRTANEN EDITING: ANTONY BENTLEY SOUND DESIGN: JONAS MAKSVYTIS SET DESIGN: JURGITA GERDVILAITE COSTUMES: AGNE RIMKUTE CAST: MARIEJOSÉE CROZE, MIKKO NOUSIAINEN PRODUCERS: MIKKO TENHUNEN, MARKO ANTILA, KESTUTIS DRAZDAUSKAS PRODUCTION COMPANY: MJÖLK MOVIES CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: ARTBOX PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: NELONEN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: ATLANTIC FILM FINLAND
MIKKO KUPARINEN (b. 1979) has previously directed two feature-length films. Mobile Horror (YLE, 2010) was a Finnish TV movie based on Juha Jokela’s highly popular play by the same title. Kuparinen’s first feature film was the romantic comedy, Body Fat Index of Love, 2012. Three of his short films (Homevideo, Truth or Dare, Sirocco) have won main prizes at international film festivals; Sirocco won the H.C. Andersen Award, the Grand Prix at the Odense Film Festival in Denmark in 2013. Sirocco and Mikko were also chosen for the “10 Directors to Watch” DVD published by four Nordic film magazines. 2 Nights till Morning is Mikko Kuparinen’s first English-language work as a film director.
VERTIGO PRODUCTION HD | 2.39:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
ABSOLUTION HENKESI EDESTÄ Kiia and Lauri are speeding down a dark country road, anxious to reach the hospital with Kiia in premature labour. Their car hits something. Lauri goes to take a look and tells his wife he saw nothing. They rush to the hospital and Kiia gives birth to a healthy baby boy. While in the hospital Kiia meets Hanna, a woman whose husband is in a coma, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Kiia befriends Hanna and tries desperately to help her without revealing her role in the accident.
DIRECTOR: PETRI KOTWICA ORIGINAL SCRIPT: PETRI KOTWICA, JOHANNA HARTIKAINEN EDITING: ISOBEL STEPHENSON CINEMATHOGRAPHY: HARRI RÄTY F.S.C. PRODUCTION DESIGNER: ANTTI NIKKINEN COSTUME DESIGNER: KAROLIINA KOISOKANTTILA MAKEUP DESIGNER: MARI VAALASRANTA SOUND DESIGNER: KIRKA SAINIO ORIGINAL MUSIC: STEPHEN MCKEON LINE PRODUCER: SAARA KANKAANPÄÄ CO-PRODUCERS: JACKIE LARKIN, LESLEY MCKIMM PRODUCER: MINNA VIRTANEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: VERTIGO CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: NEWGRANGE PICTURES PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, IRISH FILM BOARD, NORDISK FILM & TV FOND, MEDIA, CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION, WFFC FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
PETRI KOTWICA is an award-winning Finnish film director and screenwriter whose second feature BLACK ICE premiered 2008 in the Berlinale competition. BLACK ICE was a box office hit in Finland and has been screened at more than 50 film festivals. Absolution is his fourth feature film.
DIONYSOS FILMS DCP | 2.39:1 | 92’
FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 23, 2015
ADULT CAMP VIIKOSSA AIKUISEKSI Adult Camp is a comedy about the bumpy road to personal growth. A group of strangers choose to take a different kind of summer holiday by participating in an upgraded and inviting adult camp. When the director of the camp disappears after the first day, the participants are left on their own to find the essentials necessary for growth. Perhaps the camp doesn’t quite fulfill it’s promise of luxury, comfort, and the “most wonderful week of your life”, but one thing’s for sure - no one goes home the same.
DIRECTOR: JOHANNA VUOKSENMAA SCRIPT: JOHANNA VUOKSENMAA CINEMATOGRAPHY: JAN NYMAN EDITING: ANTTI REIKO MUSIC: KERKKO KOSKINEN SOUND DESIGN: MIKKO MÄKELÄ, TUOMAS KLAAVO SET DESIGN: PÄIVI KETTUNEN COSTUMES: TIINA KAUKANEN CAST: MINTTU MUSTAKALLIO, TANELI MÄKELÄ, IINA KUUSTONEN, EPPU SALMINEN, ESSI HELLÉN, JARKKO NIEMI, JARKKO PAJUNEN, LAURI TANSKANEN, MINNA KOSKELA, ANNA-LEENA SIPILÄ PRODUCER: RIINA HYYTIÄ LINE PRODUCER: LEENA MÄENPÄÄ-BENTLEY PRODUCTION COMPANY: DIONYSOS FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, WEST FINLAND FILM COMMISSION, POST CONTROL HELSINKI FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
JOHANNA VUOKSENMAA (b. 1965) is an award-winning writer and director for film and television, and a founding member of Dionysos Films. Her work has attracted audiences with its humor, dramatic amplitude and keen psychological insight. Her feature films include “21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage” which had over 400,000 admissions in Finland in 2013, “One Foot Under”, “Upswing”, and “Onni von Soppanen”. Two seasons of the “Click Me” TV series (2011+2014) written and directed by Vuoksenmaa have been widely popular and won five golden Venlas.
BUFO DCP | 1.85:1 | 84’
FINNISH PREMIERE: MARCH 20, 2015
ARMI ALIVE! ARMI ELÄÄ! Armi Alive! is the portrayal of a theatre company that is preparing a play about Armi Ratia, the founder of the iconic design company Marimekko and its pure visual style that is synonymous with modern Finnish design. Maria is the leading actress playing Armi when the group keeps asking who this strange woman really is. Through rehearsals, Maria struggles with Armi’s contradictions and tries to find the truth and person behind the legend.
DIRECTOR: JÖRN DONNER SCRIPT: KAROLIINA LINDGREN CINEMATOGRAPHY: HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN EDITING: KLAUS GRABBER MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: KARRI NIINIVAARA SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: TIINA KAUKANEN CAST: MINNA HAAPKYLÄ, LAURA BIRN, HANNU-PEKKA BJÖRKMAN, REA MAURANEN PRODUCERS: MISHA JAARI, MARK LWOFF PRODUCTION COMPANY: BUFO PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN DISTRIBUTION
JÖRN DONNER (born in 1933) has had a distinguished career as a film director, producer, writer, and politician. His works have influenced Finnish society for almost half a century and he still keeps working as one of the most controversial personalities in the Finnish cultural field. Donner’s most famous films include Portraits of Women (1970) and Fuck Off! Images from Finland (1971). He has also won an Academy Award for a film produced by him and directed by Ingmar Bergman: Fanny and Alexander (1982).
SUBZERO FILM ENTERTAINMENT DCP | 2.35:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: 2015
BIG GAME BIG GAME
BIG GAME is the much anticipated new action film from the team behind the acclaimed RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE. When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving The President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy, Oskari. The fate of the most powerful man on the planet lies in the hands of one boy.
DIRECTOR: JALMARI HELANDER SCRIPT: JALMARI HELANDER, BASED ON THE ORIGINAL STORY BY JALMARI HELANDER AND PETRI JOKIRANTA CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIKA ORASMAA F.S.C. EDITING: IIKKA HESSE MUSIC: JURI SEPPÄ AND MISKA SEPPÄ SOUND DESIGN: TIMO ANTTILA AND TUOMAS SEPPÄNEN PRODUCTION DESIGN: CHRISTIAN EISELE COSTUMES: MO VORWERCK CAST: SAMUEL L. JACKSON, ONNI TOMMILA, RAY STEVENSON, VICTOR GARBER, MEHMET KURTULUS, TED LEVINE, FELICITY HUFFMAN AND JIM BROADBENT PRODUCERS: PETRI JOKIRANTA, WILL CLARKE, ANDY MAYSON, JENS MEURER PRODUCTION COMPANY: SUBZERO FILM ENTERTAINMENT, ALTITUDE FILM ENTERTAINMENT, EGOLI TOSSELL FILM FINANCING: IN ASSOCIATION WITH VISIONPLUS FUND I, HEAD GEAR FILMS AND METROL TECHNOLOGY, FILM HOUSE GERMANY, BAVARIA FILM PARTNERS WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION; NORDISK FILM & TV FOND; FILMFERNSEHFONDS BAYERN - SPECIAL FUNDING PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS (FFF); GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND (DFFF), ALONG WITH COMERICA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND KFW BANKENGRUPPE. FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: OY NORDISK FILM AB INTERNATIONAL SALES: ALTITUDE FILM SALES
JALMARI HELANDER As director and writer, Jalmari Helander comments: “BIG GAME is an action adventure story on an epic scale. I’m delighted to be taking this genre on as it has always been very close to my heart, as action-packed adventure stories contain the elements that I believe make movies that are worth watching.” BIG GAME is Helander´s second feature film. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010) by Jalmari Helander and produced by Petri Jokiranta was released in several major territories simultaneously in Christmas and it has won numerous awards such as the Variety Piazza Grande award in Locarno and the Best Motion Picture and Best Director in Sitges.
EDITH FILM & FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: AUGUST 29, 2014
BOY UPSIDE DOWN
AIKUISTEN POIKA A small town tragicomedy about an 11-year old boy named Oliver, whose parents die in a car accident. Refusing to mourn, the boy instead develops an obsession with investigating the accident.
DIRECTOR: JUHA LEHTOLA SCRIPT: JUHA LEHTOLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: HENA BLOMBERG F.S.C. CAST: ESA NIKKILÄ, KARI HIETALAHTI, MARIA HEISKANEN, TOMMI KORPELA, SUSANNA HAAVISTO, ESKO SALMINEN, SULEVI PELTOLA SOUND DESIGN: TERO MALMBERG SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN PRODUCERS: LIISA PENTTILÄ-ASIKAINEN, PAULI PENTTI PRODUCTION COMPANIES: EDITH FILM AND FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA
JUHA LEHTOLA studied in the screenwriting program of the Finnish Film Foundation and YLE, and graduated as a screenwriter in 1989. He pursued his studies at the Theatre Academy Helsinki (1989-1994). During his career Lehtola has successfully worked in both theatre and television as a director, screenwriter and playwright. His plays, television series and TV films have won numerous awards in Finland and on the international stage. He is also a sought after teacher.
MJÖLK MOVIES DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
DISTRACTIONS HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Distracted by life, Mr. Makkonen misses his engagement party by decades. From the cradle to the grave, life keeps interrupting, not only him, but a tired mother, a doomed superhero and the rest of the comrades in this uncontrollable world. Mixing comedy and fantasy with dark stories, Distractions will deliver the laughs with strings attached.
DIRECTOR: ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ SCRIPT: BASED ON ORIGINAL SCRIPT BY JANI VOLANEN, TOMMI KORPELA, PIRJO LONKA, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, EERO RITALA, LOTTA KAIHUA AND ELENA LEEVE, FOR SCREEN ADAPTED BY ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ, SAMU HEIKKILÄ AND JANI VOLANEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: HEIKKI FÄRM, MIKA ORASMAA EDITING: SAMU HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: KIRKA SAINIO SET DESIGN: MARKKU PÄTILÄ COSTUMES: RIITTA RÖPELINEN CAST: TOMMI KORPELA, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, EERO RITALA, LOTTA KAIHUA, ELENA LEEVE, JANI VOLANEN PRODUCERS: MIKKO TENHUNEN, YRJÖ NIEMINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: MJÖLK MOVIES PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM FINLAND
ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ’s short film, Ferry-Go-Round (2001), premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival. His feature film, Producing Adults (2004), won the Fipresci Prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival. His television series, Pioneer (2006), won the Prix Europa Award. A Man’s Job (2007) was nominated for the Nordic Film Council’s Film Prize. Bad Family (2010) was premiered in Berlinale’s Panorama Special.
KINOSTO LTD DCP | 1.85:1 | 93’
FINNISH PREMIERE: DECEMBER 26, 2014
EILA, RAMPE AND BABY GIRL EILA, RAMPE JA LIKKA Baby Girl, 30, a poet with a bachelor’s degree in arts, is anguished because of her relationship with Pirkka, a relatively smart, young man. Baby Girl’s parents, Eila and Rampe, do their best to become friends with Pirkka and his elegant mother. The showing off and deceit escalate with lies and misunderstandings piling up, one on top of another. Finally: why does the toothbrush in Baby Girl´s grocery bag look so weird?
DIRECTOR: TARU MÄKELÄ SCRIPT: SINIKKA JA TIINA NOPOLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOUKO SEPPÄLÄ F.S.C. EDITING: TUULI KUITTINEN MUSIC: RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM SOUND DESIGN: KYÖSTI VÄNTÄNEN SET DESIGN: PIRJO ROSSI COSTUMES: MERJA VÄISÄNEN CAST: HEIDI HERALA, PIRKKA-PEKKA PETELIUS, EMMI PARVIAINEN, RIKU NIEMELÄ PRODUCERS: MARKKU TUURNA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS TARU MÄKELÄ AND JOUKO SEPPÄLÄ PRODUCTION COMPANY: KINOSTO LTD PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, SVENSKA KULTURFORNDEN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: OY NORDISK FILM AB
TARU MÄKELÄ began her career writing and directing light entertainment. Her first feature film Little Sister won the Finland Prize in 2000. Her working class comedy The Storage (2011) won the Audience Prize for best film and was enjoyed by audiences totalling 200,000. She directs both fiction and documentaries, as well as cinema and theatre.
MAKING MOVIES DCP | 2.35:1 | 98’
FINNISH PREMIERE: MARCH 2015
THE FENCER MIEKKAILIJA Fleeing from Stalin’s secret police, an ambitious young fencer finds himself teaching small town children in a godforsaken Estonian coastal village, only to realize that this is exactly what he wants to do in life.
DIRECTOR: KLAUS HÄRÖ SCRIPT: ANNA HEINÄMAA CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI EDITING: TAMBET TASUJA & UELI CHRISTEN MUSIC: GERT WILDEN JR. SOUND DESIGN: PETER RIEGEL & MAIK SIEGLE SET DESIGN: JAAGUP ROOMET COSTUMES: TIINA KAUKANEN CAST: MÄRT AVANDI, URSULA RATASEPP, HENDRIK TOOMPERE PRODUCER: KAI NORDBERG & KAARLE AHO, JÖRG BUNDSCHUH & IVO FELT PRODUCTION COMPANY: MAKING MOVIES CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: KICK FILM (GER), ALLFILM (EE) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, EURIMAGES, ESTONIAN FILM INSTITUTE, FFF BAYERN, ESTONIAN CULTURAL ENDOWMENT, DFFF, THE CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION (FIN) FINANCING TV COMPANIES: BR/ARTE, YLE, ERR DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA
KLAUS HÄRÖ (b. 1971, Finland) has directed five feature films: Elina (2003), Mother of Mine (2005), The New Man (2007), Letters to Father Jacob (2009) and The Fencer (2015). He has won numerous prizes around the world including Ingmar Bergman award in Sweden 2004 from Elina and Jussi-award for the best Finnish directing from Letters to Father Jacob in 2010.
MARIANNA FILMS OY DCP | 2.35:1 | 108’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FALL 2015
THE GIRL KING TYTTÖKUNINGAS THE GIRL KING is the story of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic young woman who defied convention, challenged tradition and changed the course of history. Torn between reason and passion; between her female body and being raised as a princess; between the ancient and modern worlds and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the terror of the emotions she could not understand.
DIRECTOR: MIKA KAURISMÄKI SCRIPT: MICHEL MARC BOUCHAR CINEMATOGRAPHY: GUY DUFAUX EDITING: HANS FUNCK MUSIC: ANSSI TIKANMÄKI SOUND DESIGN: MICHEL BORDELEAU SET DESIGN: PETE NEUVONEN, MARKKU PÄTILÄ COSTUMES: MARJATTA NISSINEN MAKE-UP: MARJUT SAMULIN CAST: MALIN BUSKA, SARAH GADON, MICHAEL NYQVIST, LUCAS BRYANT, LAURA BIRN, HIPPOLYTE GIRARDOT, FRANCOIS ARNAUD, PATRICK BAUCHAU, PETER LOHMEYER AND MARTINA GEDECK PRODUCERS: MIKA KAURISMÄKI, ANNA STRATTON, RAINER KÖLMEL, WASILIKI BLESER, ARNIE GELBERT, MARTIN PERSSON PRODUCTION COMPANY: MARIANNA FILMS OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: TRIPTYCH MEDIA, STARHAUS, GALA FILM, ANAGRAM PRODUCTION SUPPORT: FFF, NFTF, EURIMAGES, TELEFILM, SFI, FFF BAYERN, SODEC, OMDC, WFFC FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT, BR, ARTE, THE MOVIE NETWORK, SUPER ÉCRAN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE YELLOW AFFAIR
MIKA KAURISMÄKI’s first film LIAR (1980) was an overnight sensation. It marked the beginning of a new era in Finnish cinema, in which the Kaurismäki bothers led the way. Since then, Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries, including THE WORTHLESS, ROSSO, ZOMBIE AND THE GHOST TRAIN, HELSINKI NAPOLI, LA WITHOUT A MAP, MAMA AFRICA, BRASILEIRINHO, THREE WISE MEN, THE HOUSE OF BRANCHING LOVE and ROAD NORTH, which was one of the most popular films in Finland in 2012 with almost 300,000 admissions. Mika has just completed two new films: THE GIRL KING (2015) and HOMECOMING (2015)”
SOLAR FILMS INC. DCP | 2.35:1 | 103’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
THE GRUMP MIELENSÄPAHOITTAJA The Grump is a story about a die-hard old man in his eighties, outspoken and stubborn. He thinks everything was much better in the old days. The Story unfolds as The Grump falls down on his basement steps, hurting his ankle. His city-dwelling son finds him; the doctor wants to send him to City to attend physiotherapy - staying with his son and daughter-in-law. Now The Grump has to face the world changing. Based on the bestselling novels by Tuomas Kyrö. The Grump has already been seen by over 470 000 moviegoers making it the top 2 domestic film in the last 25 years in Finland.
DIRECTOR: DOME KARUKOSKI SCRIPT: TUOMAS KYRÖ, DOME KARUKOSKI CINEMATOGRAPHY: PINI HELLSTEDT F.S.C. EDITING: HARRI YLÖNEN MUSIC: HILMAR ÖRN HILMARSSON SET DESIGN: BETSY ÅNGERMAN-ENGSTRÖM COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN CASTING: PIA PESONEN, TUTSA HUUHKA PRODUCERS: JUKKA HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. CO-PRODUCERS: JÚLIÚS KEMP, INGVAR THORDARSON PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM SALES: YELLOW AFFAIR
DOME KARUKOSKI (b. 1976, Cyprus) is one of Finland’s most successful young film directors with over 30 festival awards and having directed four feature films that have sold more than 100,000 tickets – the rule-of-thumb measure for a blockbuster in the territory. His previous film Heart of a Lion opened in Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim. In December 2013 Karukoski was selected as one of the Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch.
HELSINKI-FILMI OY DCP | 2.39:1 | 93’
FINNISH PREMIERE: DECEMBER 26, 2014
HEADFIRST PÄIN SEINÄÄ Headfirst is a black comedy about a single mother with anger management issues and a teenage daughter who is always in trouble at school. With yet another school comes a new teacher and a blast from the past for the mother. Before long, an accidental pickpocket and a notoriously lousy storyteller teams up with this dysfunctional sort of family. Nothing will ever be the same again. Headfirst is a story about missing teeth, strange friends, hidden dreams and long-gone love. And about a hare.
DIRECTOR: ANTTI HEIKKI PESONEN SCRIPT: ANTTI HEIKKI PESONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: AARNE TAPOLA EDITING: HANNA KUIRINLAHTI MUSIC: ANTTI POUTA SOUND DESIGN: TONI TEIVAALA SET DESIGN: MAURA PUSA, JUHA-MATTI TOPPINEN COSTUMES: HENNA-RIIKKA TASKINEN CAST: ARMI TOIVANEN, EERO RITALA, KAI LEHTINEN, MIMOSA WILLAMO PRODUCER: MIIA HAAVISTO PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI-FILMI OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, NORSKISK FILM & TV FOND, MEDIA PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM FINLAND OY INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE YELLOW AFFAIR
ANTTI HEIKKI PESONEN (born in 1982) graduated from the Aalto University in 2012. Pesonen has won numerous awards, both as director and screenwriter, especially with his graduation work ‘So it Goes’ (Korsoteria). ‘Headfirst’ is Pesonen’s feature debut both as a scriptwriter and director. Pesonen has participated in Ateliers des Premiers Plans d’Angers with his Headfirst. ‘Headfirst’ has not only been critically acclaimed, but it has also performed well at the domestic box office.
MARIANNA FILMS DCP | 2.35:1 | 105’
FINNISH PREMIERE: AUGUST 2015
HOMECOMING ELÄMÄLTÄ KAIKEN SAIN Tiina (31) and Tomi (40) decide to leave the hectic city of Helsinki behind and move back to Tiina’s small native coastal hometown where she could revive her relationship to her father Urho (70) and, through the familiar atmosphere of her childhood landscape, find her real self again. Tomi, a former Nokia engineer, also eagerly looks forward to downshifting to a peaceful life with his new stepfamily and his daughter Emilia (17). The grand plan seems perfect until life hits the fan.
DIRECTOR: MIKA KAURISMÄKI SCRIPT: SAMI KESKI-VÄHÄLÄ, MIKA KAURISMÄKI CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARI MUTIKAINEN EDITING: KAUKO LINDFORS MUSIC: MAURI SUMÉN SOUND DESIGN: JOONAS JYRÄLÄ SET DESIGN: MARIA YLÄTUPA COSTUMES: RIITTA-MARIA VEHMAN MAKE-UP: MARJUT SAMULIN CAST: VESA-MATTI LOIRI, ARMI TOIVANEN, PETER FRANZÉN, LENITA SUSI, JANI VOLANEN PRODUCER: MIKA KAURISMÄKI PRODUCTION COMPANY: MARIANNA FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: FFF, WFFC FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV FINLAND DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE YELLOW AFFAIR
MIKA KAURISMÄKI’s first film LIAR (1980) was an overnight sensation. It marked the beginning of a new era in Finnish cinema, in which the Kaurismäki bothers led the way. Since then, Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries including THE WORTHLESS, ROSSO, ZOMBIE AND THE GHOST TRAIN, HELSINKI NAPOLI, LA WITHOUT A MAP, MAMA AFRICA, BRASILEIRINHO, THREE WISE MEN, THE HOUSE OF BRANCHING LOVE and his recent film ROAD NORTH, which was one of the most popular films in Finland in 2012 with almost 300 000 admissions. Mika has just completed two new films: THE GIRL KING (2015) and HOMECOMING (2015).
YELLOW FILM & TV DCP | 2.35:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
LAPLAND ODYSSEY 2
NAPAPIIRIN SANKARIT 2 It’s been three years since we last met Janne and Inari. Since then, they’ve had a daughter named Lumi. Janne and his friends experience a new adventure, this time on an autumn night. The boys go to a party but end up chasing Lumi who has disappeared. Meanwhile, Inari enjoys a girls-night-out and has an adventure of her own.
DIRECTOR: TEPPO AIRAKSINEN SCRIPT: PEKKO PESONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TEPPO HÖGMAN EDITING: JUSSI RAUTANIEMI MUSIC: KALLE KOIVISTO SOUND DESIGN: JUHA HAKANEN SET DESIGN: OKKU RAHIKAINEN, VILJA KATRAMO COSTUMES: NINNI LAHTINEN CAST: JUSSI VATANEN, PAMELA TOLA, TIMO LAVIKAINEN, MIIA NUUTILA, KARI KETONEN PRODUCERS: OLLI HAIKKA, JARKKO HENTULA PRODUCTION COMPANY: YELLOW FILM & TV PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: NELONEN MEDIA DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
TEPPO AIRAKSINEN, 32, has directed two feature films. His first, Fanatics (Kulman pojat), was released in 2012. Airaksinen has also directed a lot of television, including the Venla-award winning comedy series Kimmo (20122014).
HELSINKI-FILMI OY DCP | 2.35:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FALL 2015
THE MINE KAIVOS The story of a great plan and of what lies beneath.
DIRECTOR: ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ SCRIPT: PEKKO PESONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI F.S.C. EDITING: SAMU HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: TUOMAS KLAAVO SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO MAKE UP: MARI VAALASRANTA PRODUCERS: ANNIKA SUCKSDORFF, ALEKSI BARDY PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI-FILMI OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ has a strong signature style as a director, focusing on working with actors and the use of space. It is no accident that he studied architecture before becoming a filmmaker. His previous works include A MAN’S JOB (2007), BAD FAMILY (2010) and ALCAN HIGHWAY (2013).
FREMANTLEMEDIA FINLAND OY DCP | 2.35:1 | 98’
FINNISH PREMIERE: DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016
OFF-KEY NUOTIN VIERESTÄ Arto learns to his horror that his mother Leena has signed up for a karaoke competition. Arto agrees to drive her to the competition with the agenda of talking or even conning her into changing her mind along the way. At the competition Arto realizes how important singing actually is to his mother. He also takes notice of Susanna, a very attractive karaoke judge. Now, instead of sabotaging her mother’s hopes for the competition, Arto devises a battle plan to keep his mother in the competition as long as possible.
DIRECTOR: LAURI NURKSE SCRIPT: JOHANNA HARTIKAINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JUGE HEIKKILÄ EDITING: PEKKA LEHTIKANGAS MUSIC: LAURI PORRA SOUND DESIGN: OLLI HUHTANEN SET DESIGN: CHRISTER ANDERSSON COSTUMES: JANNE KARJALAINEN CAST: RIKU NIEMINEN, LEENA UOTILA, PIHLA VIITALA, ESSI HELLÉN, JUHA MUJE, ANTTI LUUSUANIEMI PRODUCER: ELLA PIESALA PRODUCTION COMPANY: FREMANTLEMEDIA FINLAND OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: NELONEN MEDIA DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
Director/actor LAURI NURKSE has directed several successful TV dramas and comedies in Finland, and he has appeared in numerous roles as an actor. “Off-key” is his 3rd feature film. His previous films (“Playing Solo”, “Hustlers”) performed well at the Finnish box-office.
FISHER KING PRODUCTION OY DCP | 1.85:1 | 83’
FINNISH PREMIERE: MARCH 27, 2015
OTHER GIRLS TOISET TYTÖT The 18-year-old girls Jessica, Jenny, Taru and Aino are on the verge of adulthood as they lose their innocence and, at times, their faith. Other Girls is a survival story about those moments when life gives you a brutal kick, but you decide to kick back. Hard! In 2011 four 18-year-old girls from Helsinki kept provocative video diaries about their lives during the course of a year. Other Girls is a fictional film based on true events.
DIRECTOR: ESA ILLI SCRIPT: ESA ILLI CINEMATOGRAPHY: HENA BLOMBERG F.S.C. EDITING: SAMU HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: JANNE LAINE, OLLI PÄRNÄNEN SET DESIGN: SATTVA-HANNA TOIVIAINEN COSTUMES: RIITTA-MARIA VEHMAN CAST: IDA VAKKURI, BAHAR TOKAT, MISA LOMMI, SARA SOULIÉ PRODUCERS: MATTI HALONEN, LEILA LYYTIKÄINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: FISHER KING PRODUCTION OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: VL-MEDIA INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA
ESA ILLI is a prominent film director who has been working in the Finnish Film industry since graduating from the Helsinki University of Art and Design in 1994. Illi has written most of the films he has directed and his work ranges from documentaries to TV drama and feature films. Illi also has vast experience teaching film acting, directing and screenwriting. The subjects in his films are often contemporary with humane subject matter.
FEATURE FILMS MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS, EYEWORKS SCANDI FICTION AB DCP | 2.39:1 | 93’
FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 3, 2014
RASPBERRY BOAT REFUGEE VADELMAVENEPAKOLAINEN The Raspberry Boat Refugee is a comedy of a Swedish man trapped in the body of a Finn. Mikko Virtanen hates everything Finnish. Ever since childhood, he has wanted to trade the oppressive silence and the endless beatings, knife fights and flow of vodka for a Swedish life: public insurance, fridgecold buttermilk and Abba. On a ship trip Mikko runs into Mikael, a Swedish psychologist who is thoroughly fed up with the Swedish culture of rational moderation. On the deck, the two men come up with a solution that will change their entire lives.
DIRECTOR: LEIF LINDBLOM SCRIPT: DANIEL KARLSSON, ERIK AHRNBOM CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI EDITING: SIMON PONTÉN, ANDERS NYLANDER MUSIC: TUOMAS KANTELINEN SOUND DESIGN: OLLI PÄRNÄNEN SET DESIGN: MICHAEL HIGGINS COSTUMES: ANNA HAGERT CAST: JONAS KARLSSON, JOSEPHINE BORNEBUSCH, ERIK JOHANSSON, FRIDA HALLGREN, JARMO MÄKINEN, ARMI TOIVANEN PRODUCERS: ILKKA MATILA, PATRICK RYBORN PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS, EYEWORKS SCANDI FICTION AB CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: FILM I VÄST, SVT PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, NORDISK FILM & TV FOND FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA
LEIF LINDBLOM is a Swedish director. He has directed many TV series, but made his debut as a feature film director in 2007 when he directed his first feature film Sunstorm (orig. Solstorm). Raspberry Boat Refugee (orig. Vadelmavenepakolainen) is Leif’s third work as a feature film director.
SOLAR FILMS INC. DCP | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 25, 2015
The story of three middle-aged classmates attending their reunion of class ’95. As they get ready for the reunion, they have to face the problems and changes the years have brought to their lives. They decide to relax a little beforehand – and the trip becomes one they’ll never forget! Reunion is based on the motion picture Klassefesten.
DIRECTOR: TANELI MUSTONEN SCRIPT: ADAPTED BY TANELI MUSTONEN, ORIGINALLY CLAUDIA BODERKE, LARS MERING CINEMATOGRAPHY: DANIEL LINDHOLM EDITING: ALEKSI RAIJ SOUND DESIGN: VESA MERILÄINEN SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: SUSANNA MOILANEN CAST: SAMI HEDBERG, AKU HIRVINIEMI, JAAJO LINNONMAA, LOTTA KAIHUA, LAURI TILKANEN, TANELI MÄKELÄ, PIRKKA-PEKKA PETELIUS, NIINA LAHTINEN PRODUCERS: JESSE FRYCKMAN, OSKARI HUTTU PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
TANELI MUSTONEN is a director and writer, a rising young talent. His previous feature film was Ella And Friends.
BUFO DCP | 2.44:1 | 75’
FINNISH PREMIERE: NOVEMBER 7, 2014
THE SWEDISH MOMENT RUOTSALAINEN HETKI Kari Lampikallio is a schlager singer adored by women, on his way for a vacation trip, with just a few obstacles - a corpse in the trunk and a jealous psychopath wife, Sonja. Old band mates are summoned to sort things out, but they both have their own interests in making Kari’s life a major pain.
DIRECTORS: HANNU-PEKKA BJÖRKMAN, MINNA HAAPKYLÄ, TEEMU KASKINEN, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, TOMMI KORPELA SCRIPT: TEEMU KASKINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI F.S.C. EDITING: JUSSI RAUTANIEMI MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: KARRI NIINIVAARA SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: TIINA KAUKANEN CAST: HANNU-PEKKA BJÖRKMAN, MINNA HAAPKYLÄ, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, TOMMI KORPELA PRODUCERS: MISHA JAARI, MARK LWOFF PRODUCTION COMPANY: BUFO PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN DISTRIBUTION
The Swedish Moment is an ensemble work directed by the Swedish Moment scriptwriter Teemu Kaskinen and the actors of the film. HANNUPEKKA BJÖRKMAN, MINNA HAAPKYLÄ, ELINA KNIHTILÄ and TOMMI KORPELA are some of the most talented and experienced actors in Finland, having all worked in the field for 20 years. In Swedish Moment, they have adopted elements from the collective process of making theatre plays into making a film.
BUTTERWORKS OY HD | 16:9 | 108’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 6, 2015
THEO’S HOUSE THEON TALO During 1980’s, Theo and Vincent, two Finnish architects, were involved in a big change of environmental identities - escalating to one coastal area where they replaced 320 wooden houses with 32 concrete towers. 10 years later, it’s 1993 and they meet in a castle in the former East-Germany. Their discussion escalates into a conflict over their projects and ethics of architecture. Finally, Theo begins to design a Dream House, not only for himself, but also for a woman he met once, 50 years ago in his childhood.
DIRECTOR: RAX RINNEKANGAS SCRIPT: RAX RINNEKANGAS CINEMATOGRAPHY: P.UOTILA EDITING: J. INNANEN MUSIC: P.GAIGNE SOUND DESIGN: H.INNANEN PRODUCER: T.BUTTER PRODUCTION COMPANY: BUTTERWORKS OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: BAD TASTE LTD PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: PEK INTERNATIONAL SALES: QUADFLIX/ COHENMEDIA
RAX RINNEKANGAS (b 1954) is referred to as a strange bird in Finnish cinema, literature and art circuits due to the genuinely international nature of his career, his uncompromising artistic choices and ability to express himself through different art forms: films, books and photographs. He has directed four long feature films and about 20 long documentaries on arts, modern music and architecture. As an author, he has published novels in France, Spain, Germany and Finland.
HELSINKI–FILMI OY DCP | 1.85:1 | 102’
FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 17, 2014
THEY HAVE ESCAPED
HE OVAT PAENNEET A boy and a girl meet at a custody center for problem youth. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civil service. The girl is one of the youths in custody, and she is constantly in trouble, a fire inside her, a lust for life that can’t be quashed, or controlled. The boy becomes infatuated with the girl. He is a quiet one; a stutterer. But there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment; the shackles of the hostile environment with no understanding around them can be broken. They steal a car and flee together. Thus begins a journey with endless escapes. They Have Escaped is a film about fragile love, childhood dreams and the violence of reality.
DIRECTOR: J-P VALKEAPÄÄ SCRIPT: J-P VALKEAPÄÄ AND PILVI PELTOLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: PIETARI PELTOLA EDITING: MERVI JUNKKONEN MUSIC: HELGE SLIKKER SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM SET DESIGN: MARKKU PÄTILÄ COSTUMES: TIINA WILÉN CAST: TEPPO MANNER, ROOSA SÖDERHOLM, PETTERI PENNILÄ, JARI PEHKONEN, SARA PAAVOLAINEN, PELLE HEIKKILÄ PRODUCER: ALEKSI BARDY PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI –FILMI OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: REVOLVER AMSTERDAM PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, NETHERLANDS FILM FUND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: YELLOW AFFAIR
J-P VALKEAPÄÄ was born in 1977 in Porvoo, Finland. He attracted international attention as an illustrator and a cartoonist when he was still a teenager. He studied film direction at the Department of Film and Television of the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and as a student, made two award-winning short films, ”Eyes closed without hands” (2000) and ”The Fall” (2003). In 2005 Valkeapää was selected to the Cannes Film Festival’s Residence du Festival program to develop the script for ”The Visitor”, his debut project as director,. “The Visitor” premiered in Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival in 2008. “The Visitor” won the Nordic Film Award, the first prize of the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2009. It was also awarded for best cinematography. Valkeapää has also directed multiple commercial films and worked as an editor and a storyboard artist.
MAKING MOVIES OY DCP | 1.85:1 | 85’
FINNISH PREMIERE: APRIL 2015
TSAMO TSAMO In the 1860’s Alaska and Finland are simultaneously parts of the Russian Empire. A Finnish mining engineer Simon buys a 10-year old Alaskan native American girl and decides to bring her to Finland. The girl, Tsamo, is baptized and Simon starts to teach her European manners. The girl thinks she’s married to Simon and acts accordingly. Simon marries a lady of his own age and class and Tsamo gets confused. Simon is forced to send the girl away and the battle over Tsamo’s identity takes complicated turns.
DIRECTORS: ANASTASIA LAPSUY & MARKKU LEHMUSKALLIO SCRIPT: ANASTASIA LAPSUY & MARKKU LEHMUSKALLIO CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOHANNES LEHMUSKALLIO EDITING: MARKKU LEHMUSKALLIO SOUND DESIGN: MARTTI TURUNEN SET DESIGN: SANNA-MARI PIRKOLA COSTUMES: MILA MOISIO & KAISA RISSANEN CAST: ALBINA TOLOGONOVA, WILHELM GROTENFELT, ANNI-KRISTIINA JUUSO PRODUCERS: KAARLE AHO & KAI NORDBERG PRODUCTION COMPANY: MAKING MOVIES OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE SWEDISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION IN FINLAND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: PEK
ANASTASIA LAPSUY (b. 1944 Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia) and MARKKU LEHMUSKALLIO (b. 1938 Finland) have worked together since 1993. They have written and directed together 12 documentary films (including Fata Morgana and 11 Images of a Human) and four feature films (including Seven Songs from the Tundra and Pudana: Last on the Line). They have been members of the European Film Academy since 2000 and their films have had hundreds of festival screenings all around the world.
POHJOLA-FILMI DCP | 2.35:1 | 105’
FINNISH PREMIERE: AUGUST 2015
VAPAITA Selja is in her thirties and lives in a commune with her friends. One day a boy appears at her door; a boy she gave up for adoption sixteen years earlier. Selja has a chance to get to know her son, but at the same time, makes a complete mess of her and her best friend’s lives. Urban Family is a new kind of music film set in the modern-day world.
DIRECTOR: OSKARI SIPOLA SCRIPT: TUA HARNO CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOONAS PULKKANEN EDITING: ANTTI REIKKO MUSIC: THE MOVIE’S ENGAGING SONGS ARE WRITTEN PRECISELY FOR THIS MOVIE BY THE VERY TOP FINNISH SONGWRITERS INCLUDING OLAVI UUSIVIRTA, SANNI, TERHI KOKKONEN, JOEL MELASNIEMI, KERKKO KOSKINEN, YONA, ASA, SUPER JANNE, PRODUCER MGI (HENRI LANZ) AND MATTI PITKÄNEN SOUND DESIGN: JOONAS JYRÄLÄ SET DESIGN: HEINI ERVING COSTUMES: LAURA DAMMERT CAST: MARIA YLIPÄÄ, JOHANNES BROTHERUS, RIKU NIEMINEN, PIHLA MAALISMAA, ANU SINISALO, PETER KANERVA PRODUCER: ELINA POHJOLA PRODUCTION COMPANY: POHJOLA-FILMI PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
OSKARI SIPOLA (b. 1984) belongs to a new generation of filmmakers. After 17 short films and a Master’s degree from ELO Film School Helsinki, he became Finland’s youngest debut feature director of the new century, with the award-winning “August” (2011).
SOLAR FILMS INC. DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 7, 2015
VARES – THE SHERIFF VARES – SHERIFFI Private Eye Jussi Vares finds two dead bodies in a remote house. A year later, Vares is hired to investigate the case. Vares gets dangerously close to the “Council” – a secret gentlemen’s club, the head of which is “The Sheriff”. To the members of the Council, human life is cheap. The identity of the Sheriff is revealed – but will he face justice for his crimes in a court of law? Will these evil deeds go unpunished?
DIRECTOR: HANNU SALONEN SCRIPT: HANNU SALONEN, MIKA KARTTUNEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: PINI HELLSTEDT F.S.C. EDITING: KAUKO LINDFORS MUSIC: MICHAEL KLAUKIEN, ANDREAS LONARDONI SOUND DESIGN: PETER NORDSTRÖM SET DESIGN: ANTTI NIKKINEN COSTUMES: TIINA WILÉN CAST: ANTTI REINI, JASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN, KAROLIINA BLACKBURN, JUKKA PUOTILA, JUKKA-PEKKA PALO, KONSTA MÄKELÄ, JARMO PERÄLÄ, MISKA KAUKONEN, ROBERT ENCKELL, ILKKA HEISKANEN, HANNELE LAAKSONEN, MIKKO KOUKI, MIKA KUJALA, MATTI ONNISMAA, EPPU SALMINEN PRODUCERS: MARKUS SELIN, JUKKA HELLE PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: MTV DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
HANNU SALONEN was born in Finland in 1972. In his youth he would gather a bunch of crazy friends to make his short films possible. Salonen has made over two dozen feature films for a broad international audience. A majority of these films are of the crime and thriller genres and represent a new edge in modern film and TV making.
SOLAR FILMS INC. DCP | 110’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 2015
WILDEYE KÄTILÖ The movie Wildeye is a love story, set against the historical backdrop of The Lapland War in 1944-1945, a conflict between Germany and Finland in the aftermath of WWII. The main character is a midwife called Helena, also nick-named as “Wildeye”. She falls in love with a Finnish-German SS officer Johannes Angelhurst. All the central characters are battling with their own pasts. Fierce, burning love does not remove the past, it does not even allow oblivion. But in the end, good wins over evil. Wildeye is based on Katja Kettu’s novel.
DIRECTOR: ANTTI J. JOKINEN SCRIPT: ANTTI J. JOKINEN, KATJA KETTU CINEMATOGRAPHY: RAUNO RONKAINEN EDITING: BENJAMIN MERCER MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: KIRKA SAINIO SET DESIGN: KARI KANKAANPÄÄ COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN CAST: KRISTA KOSONEN, LAURI TILKANEN, TOMMI KORPELA, PIRKKA-PEKKA PETELIUS, LEEA KLEMOLA, SEPPO PÄÄKKÖNEN, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, JOHANNES BROTHERUS PRODUCERS: JUKKA HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM
ANTTI J. JOKINEN was born in 1968. He has directed music videos for internationally successful artists such as Will Smith, Eminem, Celine Dion etc. Wildeye is Jokinen’s third feature film. His previous films are The Resident and Purge which was Finland’s official entry for the Academy Awards in 2013.
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AVANTON PRODUCTIONS DCP | 16:9 | 75’ / 52’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
BECOMING ME MATKA MINUKSI
BECOMING ME follows three young women, each of whom writes a blog on her life and struggles with her own and contemporary society’s expectations. Elli has a pro-anorexia blog, even though she herself would like to recover from the disorder that has led her to attempt suicide. Laura tries to shake depression and self-loathing with the help of a mother-like therapist. Despite of the 40 000 fashion blog followers every month, Juulia is rather lonely and doesn’t feel comfortable facing new people and unexpected situations. The film is a journey towards the slow process of accepting yourself, reaching out for others and trying to find the lost feeling of belonging.
DIRECTOR: MINA LAAMO SCRIPT: MINA LAAMO CINEMATOGRAPHY: PÄIVI KETTUNEN, TUOMO HUTRI F.S.C. SOUND: JANNE LAINE EDITING: TUULI KUITTINEN MUSIC: FRID & FRID PRODUCER: SONJA LINDÉN PRODUCTION COMPANY: AVANTON PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL SALES: TASKOVSKI FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION, MEDIA FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, ARTE
MINA LAAMO graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Helsinki University of Art and Design in 2005 and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Helsinki in 2012. Mina Laamo has worked as a screenwriter and director (the documentary film The Pests, 2007) and, since 2008, as a producer and production manager at Avanton Productions.
HELMI FILMS OY DCP | 16:9 | 73’
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: CHP:DOX 2014
ESTHERIN KEHÄ After trading her marriage for a career in boxing, seven times world champion Esther Phiri feels torn between her family obligations, cultural expectations, celebrity status and financial independence in her home country of Zambia where she has become a symbol of hope to many.
DIRECTOR: SALLA SORRI & JESSIE CHISI SCRIPT: JESSIE CHISI & SALLA SORRI CINEMATOGRAPHY: MARITA HÄLLFORS, PÄIVI KETTUNEN EDITING: JUKKA NYKÄNEN MUSIC: MIKI BRUNOU SOUND DESIGN: ANNE TOLKKINEN, MIKKO MÄKELÄINEN, MIKI BRUNOU CAST: ESTHER PHIRI EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: TAHIR ALIYEV PRODUCER: AINO HALONEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELMI FILMS OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: OUTLINE PICTURES CO-PRODUCER: VICTORIA THOMAS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK / TIMO KORHONEN , KONE CULTURAL FOUNDATION, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE TV / ERKKI ASTALA, IIKKA VEHKALAHTI DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE INTERNATIONAL SALES: HELMI FILMS (EUROPE) & OUTLINE PICTURES (REST OF THE WORLD)
JESSIE CHISI is a filmmaker from Zambia. She graduated from The Zambia Institute of Mass Communication in 2008 and undertook further training as a film director in Finland in 2009. She is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2010. Jessie has written and directed 5 short fiction films. Between rings is her first feature length film co-directed with Salla Sorri. Jessie is a pioneer in the emerging Zambian film industry. A fervent campaigner and supporter of human rights, Jessie is committed to using film as an advocacy and campaign tool, empowering women to find and use their own voices. SALLA SORRI is a filmmaker from Finland. She graduated with a Masters of Arts from the Helsinki Film School, Aalto University. In 2009 she directed the documentary DET DOLDA RUMMET which was commissioned by Amos Anderson Art Museum. In 2012 she directed the documentary RESISTENTE, with Renate Costa, which was selected to premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival. As a director, Salla has worked both in documentaries and fiction films. Between rings is her first feature length film co-directed with Jessie Chisi.
NAPAFILMS DCP | 16:9 | 80’ / 52’
FINNISH PREMIERE: AUTUMN 2015
CHEER THE F**K UP
An unhappy, badly losing team of Finnish cheerleaders try to step up their game while the more important battles in their personal lives propel them from girls to women.
DIRECTOR: CHRISTY GARLAND SCRIPT: CHRISTY GARLAND CINEMATOGRAPHY: SARI AALTONEN EDITING: CHRISTY GARLAND, GRAEME RING, THOR OCHSNER MUSIC: TOM THIRD CAST: MIIA NORVAPALO, PATRICIA FISK, AINO SELIN PRODUCERS: LIISA JUNTUNEN, CHRISTY GARLAND PRODUCTION COMPANY: NAPAFILMS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MURMUR FILM PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK AND OTHERS FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE (FINLAND), SUPER CHANNEL (CANADA) DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBA INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA
CHRISTY GARLAND’s films unearth compelling, intimate stories using a style that combines observational documentary with dramatic narrative technique. Her award-winning documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song premiered at Hot Docs 2012. Cheer the F**k Up is currently in picture post, and What Walaa Wants is shooting in the Middle East, in collaboration with Final Cut for Real in Denmark.
FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS DCP | 16:9 | 83’
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: IDFA 2014
EMERGENCY CALL – A MURDER MYSTERY ULVILAN MURHAMYSTEERI A father of four children gets brutally stabbed several times with their children in the family home. During the brutal action the wife is on the phone to the emergency center. Emergency Call – A Murder Mystery is a documentary film tracking down the story that begins after the fatal night. As the story unfolds we hear from all emerging sides as the prosecution develops it’s case against the mother of four. A behind the scenes look into one of the most bizarre unsolved court cases in recent Finnish history.
DIRECTOR & SCRIPT: PEKKA LEHTO CO-WRITER: MIKA PUROLA, BEATRIX A. WOOD D.O.P: HANNU PEKKA VITIKAINEN, MIKA PUROLA SOUND DESIGN: SEBASTIAN TESCH EDITOR: MATTI NÄRÄNEN MUSIC: MARKO NYBERG CO-PRODUCER: HANS-ROBERT EISENHAUER PRODUCER: PAULI PENTTI CAST: ANNELI AUER, AMANDA AUER, ALEXANDER AUER, JUHA MANNER, JARMO VALKAMA, JUHA JOUTSENLAHTI, ILPO LEHTOJOKI, MATTI MÄKINEN, PEKKA SANTTILA, ERIK SALONSAARI, KARE KOSKINEN, PAULI KUUSIRANTA, RISTO HEMMI, TUIJA NIEMI, SUSANNA LAUNE PRODUCTION: FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: VENTANA-FILM GMBH IN ASSOCIATION WITH: VILLILÄ STUDIOS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE / FINLAND, ARTE G.E.I.E. / GERMANY, DR / DENMARK, CHANNEL 8 / ISRAEL, SWR / GERMANY
PEKKA LEHTO has directed and produced over 20 documentaries and feature films that have been internationally broadcast, theatrically distributed and won many prizes. Ranging from dynamic dramas, political and human rights stories through to powerful portraits of unique personalities. His recent credits include: 2010 Epäilyksen Varjossa (In the Shadow of Doubt) which follows the story of diplomat Alpo Rusi who was accused of espionage, followed by Komissaari (The Commissioner 2012) a sort of road movie documentary trying to keep up with Olli Rehn during the European financial crises. In 2013 he finished fiction film The Surrealist which deals with the tumultuous life of Finnish outsider artist Kalervo Palsa.
FISHER KING PRODUCTION DCP | 16:9 | 77’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
HOME SOMEWHERE HEM NÅGONSTANS HOME. Somewhere. - is a poetic feature length documentary that asks the bold question: Will the human soul ever find a home? On the most remote islands of Finland we encounter men that become our personal guides and lead us through this unknown landscape as well as on the sea. By allowing us to enter their private world and rituals, we are forced to think about our own idea of home.
DIRECTOR: LOTTA PETRONELLA SCRIPT: LOTTA PETRONELLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: LOTTA PETRONELLA EDITING: ANNUKKA LILJA MUSIC: LAU NAU SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM CAST: MATS BERGMAN, ULF BERGMAN, JOHAN SIMBERG PRODUCER: LEILA LYYTIKÄINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: FISHER KING PRODUCTION PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE SWEDISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION IN FINLAND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: FISHER KING PRODUCTION INTERNATIONAL SALES: FISHER KING PRODUCTION
LOTTA PETRONELLA was trained as a fine artist in London and made her first short documentary film in 2001. She has since made short experimental films that have been shown in galleries and at film festivals around the world. In 2008 Petronella made her first feature length documentary ‘Women of the Islands’ which received critical acclaim and was screened and broadcasted in Finland and throught Scandinavia. Petronella also works as an artist, curator and musician, and has collaborated with other filmmakers in the capacity of producer, editor and composer. Petronella’s work often ponders on the eternal and existential question: Where are we going?
GUERILLA FILMS DCP | 1.85:1 | 84’ / 58’
FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 2015
LEAVING AFRICA HYVÄSTI AFRIKKA Finnish Riitta and Ugandan Catherine have a few things in common; work, a shared home and a sense of humor. Riitta has been an aid worker in Uganda for more than 25 years and soon it will be time for her to retire and to return to Finland. Before that, however, Riitta and Catherine invite religious leaders to a course in which they challenge them to a straightforward, taboo breaking discussion on women’s rights regarding their bodies, sexuality and life. But soon Riitta and Catherine have serious allegations made against them, allegations that can jeopardize their entire life’s work.
DIRECTOR: IIRIS HÄRMÄ SCRIPT: IIRIS HÄRMÄ CINEMATOGRAPHY: VISA KOISO-KANTTILA EDITING: NIELS PAGH ANDERSEN MUSIC: MARCEL VAID SOUND DESIGN: JANNE LAINE PRODUCER: VISA KOISO-KANTTILA PRODUCTION COMPANY: GUERILLA FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: MEDIA, THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE PROMOTION CENTRE FOR AUDIOVISUAL CULTURE, CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE TV FINLAND DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: ELOKUVAKONTAKTI
IIRIS HÄRMÄ (M.A.) has over 15 years experience as producer, production coordinator, director and writer in documentaries. She has been working at her own Guerilla Films production company since 1999.
POHJOLA-FILMI DCP | 16:9 | 80’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
MARZIA, MY FRIEND MARZIA, YSTÄVÄNI Young Marzia’s dream of love and independence clashes with Afghan culture. Overshadowed by the threat of Taliban rule returning, Marzia’s story grows into a metaphor for women’s struggle for autonomy.
DIRECTOR: KIRSI MATTILA SCRIPT: KIRSI MATTILA CINEMATOGRAPHY: SARI AALTONEN EDITING: HANNA KUIRINLAHTI MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: KIRSI KORHONEN PRODUCERS: ELINA POHJOLA, PIIA NOKELAINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: POHJOLA-FILMI PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: POHJOLA-FILMI
KIRSI MATTILA is a documentary director-screenwriter and a freelance journalist. She has worked as a journalist since 1980 and graduated as Licentiate of Philosophy in 1993, majoring in Theater Research. Since 1994 Mattila has written and directed a number of educational programs and documentaries for TV and film.
ILLUME OY DCP | 16:9 | 85’ / 58’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
MONSTERMAN MONSTERIMIES A story about a boy who wanted to be a monster and about the heavy metal band Lordi. Tomi Putaansuu created its fantasy world as a child and still, approaching middle age, lives for the band. Now five years have passed since their Eurovision Song Contest trophy, the first one ever for Finland. The band have debts of hundreds of thousands euros and they aren’t selling any gigs. Monsterman is a real-life dramatic story about keeping your dreams alive.
DIRECTOR: ANTTI HAASE SCRIPT: ANTTI HAASE CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANTTI HAASE / MARITA HÄLLFORS F.S.C. EDITING: MIKKO SIPPOLA MUSIC: HÅKON GEBHARDT SOUND DESIGN: RUNE HANSEN PRODUCERS: VENLA HELLSTEDT, JOUKO AALTONEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: ILLUME OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: JOHN ARVID BERGER/ JAB FILM AS, JONAS KELLAGHER /COMMON GROUND PICTURES AB, JESSIKA ASK / FILM I VÄST PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, ESEK, NORDNORSK FILMSENTER AS, THE MEDIA PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE FINLAND, FILMARC FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: VLMEDIA
ANTTI HAASE is a writer & director, who studied in the Australian Film TV and Radio school and gained MA in Film and TV in 2000. A winner of the best graduating documentary, Antti holds a second Master’s degree (MSc) from Tampere University. He lives and works in Finnish Lapland. His selected filmography includes Portrait of Elli (2009, interactive documentary, winner: Grand Prix: Luleå Biennale), Rebels with a Cause (2008, documentary 76′, winner: Best Documentary at Murmansk Northern character festival) and Clown Doctors (2000, documentary 26′, winner: Film Australia Documentary Award AFTRS, bronze plaque: Columbus Film Festival USA).
OKTOBER OY DCP | 2.35:1 | 87’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
MOTHER’S WISH ÄIDIN TOIVE
Mother’s Wish is a documentary film, that gathers together ten stories seen and told by women from different parts of the world. The stories are connected by the theme of motherhood. Told together, the women’s narratives form an intense film of motherhood and love: the moment after first childbirth, the pride of being able to offer your children an education and the bright moments of everyday life. But the stories also show the effects of tragic events, such as mother’s worry when her child falls sick or is being mistreated. Above all the stories speak of survival: These women have struggled through life against all odds. They give the viewer hope of a better tomorrow.
DIRECTOR: JOONAS BERGHÄLL SCRIPT: JOONAS BERGHÄLL, ANNA NYKYRI, TIMO VIERIMAA CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI F.S.C., HEIKKI FÄRM F.S.C., HENRIK IPSEN D.F.F. EDITING: TIMO PELTOLA MUSIC: JONAS SÖDERMAN BOHLIN SOUND DESIGN: PETER ALBRECHTSEN PRODUCERS: JOONAS BERGHÄLL, SATU MAJAVA PRODUCTION COMPANY: OKTOBER OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MANTARAY FILM AB, HOUSE OF REAL PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, DANISH FILM INSTITUTE, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, NORDISK FILM & TV FUND, MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND, MEDIA, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT, NRK, RTS, TVP, RTP, LRT, RUV INTERNATIONAL SALES: FILMS TRANSIT INTERNATIONAL
JOONAS BERGHÄLL is a Finnish film writer, director and producer, and also a co-founder of Oktober production company. He has gained a wide reputation, both as director and producer, with his documentary Steam of Life (2010), which was nominated both for an Academy Award and for the European Film Award.
VASKI FILMI LTD DCP | 16:9 | 80’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
MY SISTER, 2 SPIRITED
KAHDEN SIELUN SISKONI My Sister, 2 Spirited is a personal film about sisterhood, homosexuality and the search for acceptance. The main characters are two Sámis from Northern Finland, the film director Suvi and her baby sister Kaisa. They set out on a journey to change the old tradition of homophobia within their own indigenous community. This is especially important now, as Kaisa is a lesbian who has decided to have a baby.
DIRECTOR: SUVI WEST SCRIPT: SUVI WEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANJA AHOLA EDITING: ERIK ANDERSON MUSIC: VILLE LANGFELDT PRODUCER: JANNE NISKALA CO-PRODUCER: GRY ELISABETH MORTENSEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: VASKI FILMI LTD CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: KOKOFILM PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION, INTERNATIONAL SÁMI FILM CENTRE, NORD NORSK FILM SENTER, NORWEGIAN FILM INSTITUTE, SAMETINGET, KULTURNÆRINGSSTFTELSEN SPAREBANK1 NORD-NORGE FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, NRK
SUVI WEST (b.1982) graduated from the Media Study program of the Sámi Education Insitute in 2005. She has worked as a freelance director, script writer and editor. Among other she has directed four 30’ documentaries that have travelled internationally. She is also a creator for the 8-part TV series ‘Märät Säpikkäät’, 2012 – which introduced young Sámi people in humorous way and nominated as the best TV series 2012.
HELSINKI-FILMI LTD DCP | 2.39:1 | 93’
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: IDFA 2014
PIXADORES is about a group of young men from the favelas of São Paulo. They live for pixação, a unique form of street art. The pixadores write cryptic messages high up on tall buildings. They revolt against the Brazilian society with their slogans painted on the city walls at nighttime. This is a story about four men. Pixação is their lifeline. A surprise invitation to the group to participate in the Berlin Biennale changes their lives. They choose to go, even if they have been attacking the art world for years with their work. Their trip results in chaos, but it is a triumph for the movement. Nothing is the same when they go back to their lives in São Paulo. Pixadores had its world premiere at IDFA Competition for First Appearance. It it is a Dragon Award nominee at the Göteborg International Film Festival.
DIRECTOR: AMIR ARSAMES ESCANDARI SCRIPT: AMIR ARSAMES ESCANDARI CINEMATOGRAPHY: PETER FLINCKENBERG F.S.C EDITING: SØREN B. EBBE MUSIC: MICHEL WENZER SOUND DESIGN: PATRIK STRÖMDAHL PRODUCERS: MIIA HAAVISTO, MIRIAM NØRGAARD, TOBIAS JANSON PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI-FILMI LTD CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: FRIDTHJOF FILM, STORY AB PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE DANISH FILM INSTITUTE, THE SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, AVEK, NORDIC FILM AND TV FUND, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT, DR, EER DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE YELLOW AFFAIR
AMIR ARSAMES ESCANDARI (b. 1979) was born in Tehran. When he was seven, his family had to leave Iran. The family ended up in a refugee camp in Yugoslavia. In 1990, they had to leave again because of the civil war. This time they went to Finland, where they were granted an asylum. Amir’s father bought his son a High-8 camera to keep him out of trouble. Amir started to make shorts. Later his films have dealt with social alienation and identity. Amir has studied film making at the University of Newport, Wales. Pixadores is Amir’s debut feature.
POHJOLA-FILMI DCP | 16:9 | 75’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FALL 2015
THE SALESMEN OF HAPPINESS
ONNEN AMMATTILAISET The film follows director Wille Hyvönen on his personal journey examining why are we so desperately searching for happiness in this society where things seem to be quite ok. Wille meets three professionals who have found happiness and whose work is to help others find theirs. But when Wille takes part to this training, with camera, things start to get complicated. Eventually it all comes to the ultimate question; What is happiness and do we need to be happy all the time?
DIRECTOR: WILLE HYVÖNEN SCRIPT: WILLE HYVÖNEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARMO KIURU EDITING: MATTI NÄRÄNEN MUSIC: HARRY DE WIT SOUND DESIGN: NIKO LIINAMAA PRODUCER: ELINA POHJOLA PRODUCTION COMPANY: POHJOLA-FILMI COPRODUCTION COMPANY: SELFMADE FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE NETHERLANDS FILM FUND, NORDISK FILM OG TV FOND FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, DR, UR, HUMAN, ARTE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: PIRKANMAAN ELOKUVAKESKUS INTERNATIONAL SALES: FILMS TRANSIT / JAN ROFEKAMP
WILLE HYVÖNEN (b. 1987) has worked for ten years with motion picture, short films and music videos. He is finalizing his Master degree in Aalto University School of Art and Design, Helsinki Film School. His debut documentary film, My Godfather, His Thai Bride and Me had its international premiere at IDFA 2012 and was a huge success in Finnish television.
EMERALD GATE INDUSTRIES OY LTD DCP | 16:9 | 90’
FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 2015
SPANDEX SAPIENS SPANDEX SAPIENS The bullied son of a Pentecostal preacher, Michael finds solace in spandexclad comic book heroes. As the manly wrestler Starbuck, Michael is the king of the hill at his own wrestling company. At 40, injuries and age start to cast shadows on his career, but he still dreams of being the hero. He’s lonely and strikes up a relationship with Kukka, a female athlete. But, as the conservative Michael is finally making his big break in Japan, up-and-coming transsexual wrestler Jessica steps in on his turf, physically and ideologically. Suddenly Kukka dumps him, because of Michael’s unwillingness to compromise. But just as he seems doomed to loneliness, an angel appears. Michael is looking for love but first he must learn not to hate.
DIRECTOR: OSKARI PASTILA SCRIPT: ILJA RAUTSI & OSKARI PASTILA CINEMATOGRAPHY: AARNE TAPOLA EDITING: MARKUS LEPPÄLÄ CAST: MICHAEL MAJALAHTI, JESSICA LOVE PRODUCER: OSKARI PASTILA PRODUCTION COMPANY: EMERALD GATE INDUSTRIES OY LTD PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE INTERNATIONAL SALES: INFO@EMGATE.BIZ
OSKARI PASTILA is a Helsinki-based producer and director. His first featurelength documentary, Basket Case (Täynnä Tarmoa), was released in 2009. His second film, Knucklebonehead, was released 2013. He received his BA from Goldsmiths - University of London and MA from The University of Art and Design, Helsinki.
MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS DCP | 2.35:1 | 75’
FINNISH PREMIERE: CHRISTMAS 2015
TALE OF A LAKE JÄRVEN TARINA Tale of a Lake is a film about the thousands of lakes that Finland is known for. It takes the viewers on an unprecedented adventure, ranging from crystal clear springs all the way to the basins of the big lakes. It opens a whole new world of underwater nature for the viewers and tells many of the old tales and beliefs that abound in the land of thousands of lakes. The film is told through tales that are based on the myths, legends and old beliefs found in Finnish mythology.
DIRECTORS: MARKO RÖHR AND KIM SAARNILUOTO SCRIPT: ANTTI TUURI AND MARKO RÖHR CINEMATOGRAPHER: TEEMU LIAKKA (DOP), HANNU SIITONEN, MIKKO PÖLLÄNEN, PASI LENSU, JAN HENRIKSSON MUSIC: PANU AALTIO SOUND DESIGN: JUHA HAKANEN PRODUCER: MARKO RÖHR PRODUCTION COMPANY: MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL SALES: LEVELK
Director / producer MARKO RÖHR is one of Finland’s most experienced film producers. He has produced 25 feature films, several documentaries and television programs. Since 1992 Marko Röhr has also been directing underwater documentaries including Underwater Iceland, which has won 13 different prizes at film festivals around the world.
Director / editor KIM SAARNILUOTO has worked in the television and feature film industry since the late 1990’s. He has been doing dozens of TV series and documentaries. Tale of a Forest was Saarniluoto’s first feature film.
ILLUME OY DCP | 16:9 | 77’ / 52’
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: FILM FESTIVAL LOCARNO 2014
THE VOICE OF SOKUROV SOKUROVIN ÄÄNI
Aleksander Sokurov is one of the today’s most interesting film directors. The documentary film “The Voice of Sokurov” explores Sokurov’s cinematic world and life perspective through his personality and work. The film also touches on the societal meaning of cinema as well as the overreaching purpose of arts and artists.
DIRECTOR: LEENA KILPELÄINEN SCRIPT: LEENA KILPELÄINEN ORIGINAL IDEA: VELI-PEKKA MAKKONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: LEENA KILPELÄINEN, ALEXANDER BUROV EDITING: TAMBET TASUJA MUSIC: TIMO-JUHANI KYLLÖNEN SOUND DESIGN: IVO FELT CAST: ALEKSANDER SOKUROV PRODUCERS: MERJA RITOLA, KARIN REINBERG, ANASTASIA PAVLOVICH EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: PERTTI VEIJALAINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: ILLUME OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: REVOLVER FILM OU, LM-MEDIA GMBH PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE PROMOTION CENTRE FOR AUDIOVISUAL CULTURE / TIMO KORHONEN, ESTONIAN FILM INSTITUTE / PIRET TIBBO-HUDGINS, CULTURAL ENDOWMENT OF ESTONIA / OLAVI LAIDO FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE / ERKKI ASTALA, SVT / EMELIE PERSSON & CHARLOTTE MADSEN, ERR / KATRIN RAJASAARE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBC INTERNATIONAL SALES: FILMS BOUTIQUE
LEENA KILPELÄINEN studied and graduated from the “All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow” (VGIK). She grew up bilingually and speaks fluent Russian. She has been a director, cinematographer and screenplay writer. Most of her works are done in Russia, e.g. “Children of The Big Bear” filmed in SahaJakutia, ”On the Edge” in Tula area, and “Whale Island” in Solovtetsky islands. She is member of the Finnish Documentary Guild, and was president of the guild 2009 –2010.
KINOCOMPANY FINLAND LTD DCP | 1.85:1 | 75’
FINNISH PREMIERE: FALL 2015
WAR AND PEACE OF MIND SOTA JA MIELENRAUHA This documentary, War and Peace of Mind, explores what war does to the human mind and how both, the individuals and the nation as a whole, survive it psychologically. Finland and WWII, locally known as continuation war, is the backdrop of this documentary.
DIRECTOR: ARI MATIKAINEN SCRIPT: ARI MATIKAINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN EDITING: HARRI YLÖNEN MUSIC: JANNE HAAVISTO SOUND DESIGN: VESA MERILÄINEN CAST: VILLE KIVIMÄKI, JENNI KIRVES, TUOMAS TEPORA, MARKKU JOKISIPILÄ, JUHA MÄLKKI PRODUCERS: ARI MATIKAINEN, LIISA JUNTUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: KINOCOMPANY FINLAND LTD CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: NAPAFILMS LTD. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE
ARI MATIKAINEN is a writer, producer and director, and is the owner and CEO of Kinocompany, Ltd. He has always been very interested in the reflection of history on the present population and has courageously worked with themes and issues, which have been traditionally been shunned or avoided. His works include creative documentaries, TV series, documentaries and fiction.
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CAMERA CAGLIOSTRO ANIMATION | 8´40”
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
BABY BOX In a remote east European town, the evening bells can´t hide the cry of a hungry baby. His father, a street-musician named Baro, is also having a bad day. The social curator is blaming him to be a miserable parent, and shivering the whole day in a square is not healthy option for the child anyway. But Baro refuses to obey the advice of the curator: he definitely won´t put his little one into the BabyBox across the street, no way how poor they are. But the old grandfather disagrees, and finally the whole family ends down into the mysterious labyrinths of BabyBox where everything is on sale. DIRECTOR: KATARIINA LILLQVIST PRODUCERS: ONNI LILLQVIST, TOMÁS GRUND, VIKTOR MAYER PRODUCTION COMPANY: CAMERA CAGLIOSTRO
INDIE FILMS OY ANIMATION | 5’20”
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
FLAPPING LEPATUS A naked man stands on a mountain. He leans into the wind and flaps.
DIRECTOR: TATU POHJAVIRTA PRODUCER: TATU POHJAVIRTA PRODUCTION COMPANY: INDIE FILMS OY
TACK FILMS OY FICTION | 18’33” / 17’44”
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
JUST A NAME NAISEN NIMI Annu, 30, is getting married and tries to decide whether to keep her own name or take that of her fiancé’s. A seemingly small choice gains enormous proportions when Annu’s best friend considers the issue an important question of gender equality, while Annu’s fiancé belittles the matter. A gathering of close friends escalates when traditional and modern worlds collide – and yet, it is just a name that is at stake. Or is it?
DIRECTOR: TIINA LYMI PRODUCER: JOHN LUNDSTEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: TACK FILMS OY
PRODUCTION COMPANY MADE FICTION | 30’
FINNISH PREMIERE: NOVEMBER 2014
MERCY ALL THE WAY SÄÄLISTÄJÄT A group of women working in an unemployment office in a small Finnish town have started to give out sex to outcast young men in order to prevent future school shootings in Finland. Mirja (35) tries to hide, that after spending a night with unemployed Marko (23), she has fallen in love. Saving Finland is at stake.
DIRECTOR: HANNALEENA HAURU PRODUCERS: HANNALEENA HAURU, JAN-NICLAS JANSSON PRODUCTION COMPANY: PRODUCTION COMPANY MADE
MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS OY FICTION | 04’17“
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
NOSTE NOSTE Noste is an aesthetic exploration to the world of underwater dance. Dance together with impressive underwater surrounding and touching music create an elegant, motional and visual entirety.
DIRECTOR: MARKO RÖHR PRODUCER: MARKO RÖHR PRODUCTION COMPANY: MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS OY
BUFO FICTION | 15’
PREMIERE: 65TH BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GENERATION 14PLUS PROGRAMME
REUNION TUOLLA PUOLEN Young Anja accompanies the dead of her hometown to the afterlife – comforting the panic-stricken newly-deceased with a sweet smile and some of her favorite music. When she joins her brother on the couch moments before his heart attack, things are different. Thirty years ago he turned back where she charged ahead. Can they make up and dance their way to the next world together?
DIRECTORS: IDDO SOSKOLNE, JANNE REINIKAINEN PRODUCERS: MARK LWOFF, MISHA JAARI PRODUCTION COMPANY: BUFO
PRODUCTION COMPANY MADE FICTION | 8’57”
FINNISH PREMIERE: SPRING 2015
TURNAROUND KÄÄNTÖPAIKKA 12-year-old Sini sets up a date with a man she chats with online. He doubts her age, but Sini is determined to prove him she is not a child anymore.
DIRECTOR: AINO SUNI PRODUCER: ILONA TOLMUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: PRODUCTION COMPANY MADE
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All Finnish Feature Films and a selection of documentary films and short films