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FOREWORD

Foreword BY Jaana Puskala

| Head of International The Finnish Film Foundation

With 2016 now happily over, we look back on the past year and take a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2017. Domestic films’ share of the box office intake in Finland was 29%, a figure that was once again one of the highest in Europe and the highest in the Nordic countries. The most viewed films were again children’s and family movies, and the top draw at the box

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office was a familiar name, as the latest film from the highly popular Risto Räppääjä series

ADMISSIONS

attracted more than 345,000 movie-goers.

8,5 million

A special mention goes to the documentary film Tale of a Lake, with sales of more than

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88 million euros

186,000 tickets, a figure that speaks of Finnish documentaries’ vitality on the silver screen. In 2017, Finland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its independence. This is a great achievement for a small nation uniquely positioned between east and west, and maybe the vitality and originality of our culture

DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE

29% CINEMA SCREENS

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can partially be explained by this dialogue

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between the eastern and western worlds. The

46 (of which 10 minority co-productions and 5 majority co-productions)

anniversary year will also be celebrated through movies. The first of these official anniversary year films, Timo Korhonen’s The Wages of War, appeared in cinemas in 2016. Another anniversary documentary is Jörn Donner’s Perkele! Kuvia Suomesta (Perkele! Images from FINNISH FILMS 2017

Finland), a sequel to a documentary of Finnish reality of the same name that was released in 1971. All in all, we expect an abundant and diverse crop of documentaries this year. A couple of fiction feature films will kick off this year’s new releases. Aku Kaurismäki’s muchawaited The Other Side of Hope will premiere in Finland and be showcased in the competition

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25 million euros


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February. Set in Finland and in quintessentially Finnish scenery, the film deals with the topical themes of immigration and refugees

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series of the Berlin Film Festival in early

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in a typically Kaurismäki-esque humane and sometimes humoristic manner. Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland will also premiere in February. Based on the life of possibly the most internationally renowned Finnish artist, Touko Laaksonen, the film about the gay icon will also open the Göteborg Film Festival. Two historical epic films will premiere towards

The Finnish Film Foundation supports and promotes the Finnish film industry. The Film Foundation provides support for professional film production and the exhibition and distribution of films. The Foundation is also responsible for the cultural export of Finnish film and provides support for the international promotion of films.

the end of the year, namely AJ Annila’s The Eternal Road and Aku Louhimies’s new interpretation of the Finnish classic The Unknown Soldier. In addition to these ‘official’ anniversary year movies, several films by directors making their debut will see their release in 2017, including Jussi Hiltunen’s The Law of the Land and Hannaleena Hauru’s Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara. This year also ushers in a new tax rebate incentive system that aims to attract an increasing number of international co-

The Finnish Film Foundation was founded in 1969 as an independent foundation operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Culture. In granting support, the Foundation is guided by the State Aid Act, the Film Promotion Act and Decree as well as the European Commission notification on state funding for film. The Foundation receives its funding from lottery and pools funds allocated for promoting film art.

productions to Finland. We hope that the new system will provide new opportunities to the Finnish movie industry’s talented and visionary designers and cinematographers represent the crème de la crème of the international moviemaking scene. I hope you enjoy reading more about these films and others, information which is also available on our website.

KANAVAKATU 12 FIN-00160 HELSINKI, FINLAND TEL. +358 9 6220 300 FAX +358 9 6220 3050 SES@SES.FI WWW.SES.FI

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS 02     Foreword 04     Contents 06     Festival Contacts for Feature Films

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

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52     Boiling Point 54      Boys Who Like Girls 56      Every Other Couple 58      Finlandia, Again! 60      Grey Violet - Odd One Out 62      Group Theatre Ryhmis Turns 50 64      Hobbyhorse Revolution 66      Into the Forest I Go 68      Journey to The Sea 70 Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest 72      Life in Four Elements 74      Little Yellow Boots 76      Moon Child 78      Never Again 80      Once I Was a Dragonfly 82      Post-Punk Disorder 84      Sacred 86      The Good Postman 88      The Last Bookshop of the World 90      The Story of a Mobile Phone 92      The Unforgiven 94      The Wages of War

08     Hyper Hamster 10     Jill, Joy and The Mysterious Stranger 12     Moomins at Christmas 14     Tatu and Patu

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16  Euthanizer 18     Iron Sky The Coming Race 20     It Came From The Desert 22     Lapland Odyssey 3 24     Law of the Land 26     Man and a Baby 28     Miami 30     Reunion 2 32     Star Boys 34     The Eternal Road 36     The Guardian Angel 38     The Other Side of Hope 40     The Sixth Time 42     The Unknown Soldier 44     Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara 46     Tom of Finland 48     Unexpected Journey

SHORT FILMS 98 An Autobiography Angry Hamster Au Pair Beta Male 99 Ceiling Cold Storage Dance On Thin Ice The Dijon Story Fantasy


DIGITIZED FINNISH CLASSICS

101 Mixteip – The Greatest Tape Ever Told Napoli Film No Connection Only Pussies Screw Papulabox

104 Aki Kaurismäki 106 Mika Kaurismäki 108 Pirjo Honkasalo 109 Eija-Liisa Ahtila / Ilppo Pohjola

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100 Fucking Bunnies The Glass Pearl A Halt Mandatory Swedish Might

102 Sexy as Hell Sore Eyes for Infinity Sound From The Deep Spring Dance Studies on The Ecology of Drama 103 Tomato Wormhole

DIGITAL CATALOGUE NOW ONLINE catalogue.ses.fi

In our digital catalogue catalogue.ses.fi you will find the latest offerings from Finland; it presents not only the Finnish feature films and documentary films but also short films. There is a possibility to play the trailer or a teaser of the film to give you a better idea of it. year whereas this printed catalogue is only published once a year.

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The digital catalogue is kept up to date around the


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FESTIVAL CONTACTS FOR FEATURE FILMS

JAANA PUSKALA HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT jaana.puskala@ses.fi +358 9 62 20 3026

JENNI DOMINGO COORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION FEATURE FILMS jenni.domingo@ses.fi +358 9 62 20 3032

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KATI NUORA MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION AND PROJECTS kati.nuora@ses.fi +358 9 62 20 3020


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FEATURE FILMS; CHILDREN & YOUTH 08     Hyper Hamster 10     Jill, Joy and The Mysterious Stranger 12     Moomins at Christmas 14     Tatu and Patu

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16  Euthanizer 18     Iron Sky The Coming Race 20     It Came From The Desert 22     Lapland Odyssey 3 24     Law of the Land 26     Man and a Baby 28     Miami 30     Reunion 2 32     Star Boys 34     The Eternal Road 36     The Guardian Angel 38     The Other Side of Hope 40     The Sixth Time 42     The Unknown Soldier 44     Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara 46     Tom of Finland 48     Unexpected Journey


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HYPER HAMSTER SUPERMARSU

YELLOW FILM & TV FINNISH PREMIERE: WINTER 2018 DCP | 2.35:1 | 85’

Emilia is a suburban kid. She goes to school, lives with her Mom and sometimes her Dad, and her life couldn’t be more ordinary. But one day Emilia’s pet hamster bites her finger. Emilia gets a secret superpower to transform into Hyper Hamster, who can fly and solve problems with her superpowers. At the same time, the herrings in the nearby Baltic Sea bay are screaming for help because of poisoned water. As the Hyper Hamster, Emilia takes it upon herself to fix the situation and finds ways to be more courageous in her own life. The Hyper Hamster is a story of courage, friendship, being different, environmental issues and the wonderful things a mundane life can throw at you.

DIRECTOR: JOONA TENA I SCRIPT: PAULA NORONEN & JOONA TENA CINEMATOGRAPHY: JANI KUMPULAINEN F.S.C EDITING: JYRKI LEVÄ MUSIC: TBA SOUND DESIGN: JUHA HAK ANEN SET DESIGN: TONI K ARI COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN CAST: ELLA JÄPPINEN, VILJAMI LAHTI, ESSI HELLÉN, ART TU WISK ARI, ESKO SALMINEN PRODUCER: MARKO TALLI PRODUCTION COMPANY: YELLOW FILM & TV CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: PLOTWISE PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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JOONA TENA is a film director and writer. He’s spent this century working mainly in film and television, writing and directing a variety of genres including dramas, thrillers and comedies. His latest works in drama series are Roba (2012-2015) and Nurses (2014). Before Tena began filming Hyper Hamster, he completed two feature films Body of Water (2011) and FC Venus (2005).


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BASED ON FAMOUS CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES BY PAULA NORONEN

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PART OF THE JILL AND JOY TRILOGY: JILL AND JOY (2014), JILL AND JOY’S WINTER (2015)

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ONNELI, ANNELI JA SALAPERÄINEN MUUKALAINEN ZODIAK FINLAND OY FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 27, 2017 DCP | 1.85:1 | 75’

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JILL, JOY AND THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER

Jill and Joy are two ordinary girls, but they are exceptionally happy ones. Maybe because they get to live on Rose Lane in a house designed for them by Mrs. Rosebud. One day an orphanage opens near the girls’ house. A boy named Pekki runs away from the orphanage and ends up living in the girls’ gazebo. He tells the girls about the gloomy life in the orphanage and about its director. Jill, Joy and Pekki establish the Bandit Alliance and take action so that the orphanage will become a happy place once again. The McTinys and other residents of Rose Lane rush to help the Bandit Alliance. Once again, mystical Mrs. Rosebud turns out to be the person behind the magical miracles.

SAARA CANTELL (1968) is a film director and screenwriter from Helsinki. Cantell has directed several short films, children’s TV series and 8 feature films. Her films has been noted and awarded at many international film festivals.

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DIRECTOR: SAARA CANTELL SCRIPT: SAMI KESKI-VÄHÄLÄ CINEMATOGRAPHY: MARITA HÄLLFORS EDITING: ANNE LAK ANEN MUSIC: ANNA-MARI K ÄHÄRÄ SOUND DESIGN: PIETARI KOSKINEN SET DESIGN: MINNA SANTAK ARI COSTUMES: AULI TURTIAINEN CAST: AAVA MERIK ANTO, LILJA LEHTO, AARNI RÄMÖ, JENNI KOK ANDER, JAAKKO SAARILUOMA, JOHANNA AF SCHULTÉN, ELINA KNIHTILÄ, KITI KOKKONEN, JOONAS SAARTAMO, ALEKSIS KOISTINEN, EIJA AHVO, JANI TOIVOLA PRODUCERS: TEEA HYYTIÄ, SARI LEMPIÄINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: ZODIAK FINLAND OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA


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MUUMIEN JOULU

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MOOMINS AT CHRISTMAS

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FILMKOMPANIET ALPHA FINNISH PREMIERE: CHRISTMAS 2017 DCP / 4K | 16:9 | 80’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: GLOBAL GENESIS GROUP www.globalgenesisgroup.com

It’s an extraordinary winter; Moomintroll decides to stay awake to explore the winter instead of having his usual winter slumber. And he learns that winter is quite different than he had imagined. Strange creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts while midwinter darkness engulfs Moominvalley. Moreover, an eccentric guest is soon to appear – a guest called Christmas. DIRECTORS: JAKUB WROŃSKI; IRA CARPELAN SCRIPT: MAŁGORZATA WIĘCKOWICZ-ŻYŁA; PIOTR SZCZEPANOWICZ; IRA CARPELAN; BASED ON TOVE JANSSON’S BOOKS EDITING: PRZEMEK CHRUŚCIELEWSKI; PIOTR SZCZEPANOWICZ TITLE SONG: PAULA VESALA; JORI SJÖROOS MUSIC: ŁUKASZ TARGOSZ SOUND DESIGN: MICHAŁ FOJCIK/ SOUND MIND STUDIO CAST: TBC EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: TOM CARPELAN; IRA CARPELAN PRODUCERS: GRZEGORZ WACŁAWEK; PIOTR SZCZEPANOWICZ PRODUCTION COMPANY: FILMKOMPANIET ALPHA (FINLAND) CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: ANIMOON SP. Z O. O. (POLAND) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, POLISH FILM INSTITUTE, SVENSKA LITTERATURSÄLLSKAPET I FINLAND, SVENSKA KULTURFONDEN FINANCING TV COMPANIES: ´ YLE-FST5; MTV3 DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: OY FUTURE FILM AB INTERNATIONAL SALES: GLOBAL GENESIS GROUP

JAKUB WROŃSKI: Among others: four art house animation films, all award-winning films in Polish and foreign festivals. Worked in film post-production (e.g.: Oscar-winning ”Peter and the Wolf”). Currently working as a character animator in a full-length animation film (Kill it and Leave this City” directed by Mariusz Wilczyński). The laureate of the “Młoda Polska” scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2010) and Jan Machulski Award for best animation film (2014).

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Moomins at Christmas is IRA CARPELAN’S first feature-length animation. Previous work includes scriptwriting; script consultant; journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE; International movie financing consultant for Rovio, as well as co-consultant for Rovio’s Angry Birds -The movie; Director of over 100 children’s films and series’ dubbings.


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FAMILY COMEDY BASED ON THE BEST SELLING CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES


KANELIA KAINALOON, TATU JA PATU! DIONYSOS FILMS FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 19, 2016 DCP | 2.39:1 | 70’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT www.shorelineentertainment.com

Tatu and Patu is a comedy based on Finland’s best selling children’s book series. Tatu and Patu are clever brothers form

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Oddsville, where things are usually done a bit differently. Tatu and Patu are invited to the big city to experience Christmas time with their best friend, 9-year old Veera. Things get complicated when Veera is late at the railway station and the boys enter the city on their own. What follows is an adventure full of nutty incidents as the friends try to find each other. Tatu and Patu is a warm and funny film about friendship and how it’s okay to be weird or different. The film has had a record-breaking opening in the theatres and has become a true phenomenon in Finland with over 300.000 admissions. DIRECTOR: RIKE JOKELA SCRIPT: AINO HAVUK AINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: RAUNO RONK AINEN EDITING: JUSSI LEHTO MUSIC: JURI SEPPÄ AND MISK A SEPPÄ SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM SET DESIGN: K ARI K ANK AANPÄÄ COSTUMES: MARJO FEDERLEY CAST: ANT TI HOLMA, RIKU NIEMINEN, EEDIT PATRAKK A, PIRJO LONK A, MARI LEHTONEN, SULEVI PELTOLA, TOMMI KORPELA, VILLE MYLLYRINNE PRODUCERS: RIINA HYYTIÄ, MAX MALK A PRODUCTION COMPANY: DIONYSOS FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT

RIKE JOKELA is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer with over 20 years of experience in the fields of TV and cinema. He has directed more than 15 TV series and 5 TV films, along with numerous TV shows, pilots, formats, and specials. He has been nominated and won several Venlas (the Finnish equivalent of the Emmys) and has once been nominated for the Prix Europa, twice for the Rose d’Or and has won the Gran Prix at Eurobest in 2014. He is currently directing an international crime series “Deadwind”, also a Dionysos Films production.

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IT’S ALIVE FILMS FINNISH PREMIERE: 2017 DCP | 2.35:1 | 80’

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EUTHANIZER

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Euthanizer is a violent summer noir. It tells the story of Veijo Haukka, a 50-year-old mechanic, whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep. But what happens when he decides to save the wrong person’s dog? The themes revolve around animal rights, suffering and death. But the real story is not about good or evil – it’s about the stupidity of absolute men.

DIRECTOR: TEEMU NIKKI SCRIPT: TEEMU NIKKI CINEMATOGRAPHY: SARI AALTONEN EDITING: TEEMU NIKKI MUSIC: K AUKOLAMPI / PURANEN / K-X-P SOUND DESIGN: SAMI KIISKI SET DESIGN: SARI AALTONEN & TEEMU NIKKI COSTUMES: SARI AALTONEN & TEEMU NIKKI CAST: MAT TI ONNISMAA, JARI VIRMAN, HANNAMAIJA NIK ANDER, HEIKKI NOUSIAINEN PRODUCERS: JANI PÖSÖ, TEEMU NIKKI PRODUCTION COMPANY: IT’S ALIVE FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SCANBOX INTERNATIONAL SALES: IT’S ALIVE FILMS

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TEEMU NIKKI is a self-taught film director and screenwriter. He’s known for several nominated short films and award winning TV/webformats #lovemilla ja Mental. Euthanizer is his third feature film.


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65 MILLION YEARS AGO THEY WENT INTO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH.

NOW THEY ARE COMING BACK.


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IRON SKY THE COMING RACE

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IRON SKY UNIVERSE FINNISH PREMIERE: 2017 DCP | 2.39:1 | 100’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: ATLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM www.atlasfilm.com

20 years after nuclear war has ravaged the Earth, what’s left of humanity lives in a crumbling base on the Dark Side of the Moon... but they can’t survive here much longer. Obi, the daughter of the Moonbase’s leader, finds a glimmer of hope: an ancient map pointing into the Hollow Earth. Now Obi, along with Sasha the Russian Pilot and her best (and most muscular) friend Malcolm, venture to the center of the ruined planet to face the army of dinosaurs guarding mankind’s last hope for salvation: the Holy Grail.

DIRECTOR: TIMO VUORENSOLA SCRIPT: DALAN MUSSON CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIK A ORASMAA EDITING: JOONA LOUHIVUORI MUSIC: LAIBACH, TUOMAS K ANTELINEN SOUND DESIGN: MARTIN FRÜHMORGEN, HEIKO MÜLLER PRODUCTION DESIGN: FLORIAN K APOSI COSTUMES: MARGARETHE PRZYWARA, CHARLOT TE WILLEMS, FRANK BOHN CAST: LARA ROSSI, VLADIMIR BURLAKOV, UDO KIER, TOM GREEN PRODUCERS: TERO K AUKOMAA, OLIVER DAMIAN, PETER DE MAEGD, TOM HAMEEUW PRODUCTION COMPANY: IRON SKY UNIVERSE CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 27 FILMS PRODUCTION, POTEMKINO PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, MEDIA CREATIVE EUROPE, FFA, MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRADENBURG, MFG, HIF FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE FINNISH TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBA INTERNATIONAL SALES: ATLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM

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TIMO VUORENSOLA was established as one of the leading Finnish directors with Iron Sky (2012), an award winning sci-fi comedy, distributed in over 60 countries and seen by more than 10 million people. He earned a cult following with his first film, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005), one of the most internationally popular Finnish films of all time.


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IT CAME FROM THE DESERT

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ROGER! PICTURES, ALLIANCE MEDIA COMPANY FINNISH PREMIERE: 2018 DCP | 2.35:1 | APPROX 90’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: RAVEN BANNER ENTERTAINMENT www.ravenbannerentertainment.com

It Came From The Desert is a motocross action film with giant ants. The film is inspired by a cult video game from 80’s made by Cinemaware.

DIRECTOR: MARKO MÄKILAAKSO SCRIPT: MARKO MÄKILAAKSO, HANK WOON, TRENT HAAGA CINEMATOGRAPHY: JUGE HEIKKILÄ EDITING: JOONA LOUHIVUORI MUSIC: MIK A MÄKILAAKSO SOUND DESIGN: ALEKSI TEGEL SET DESIGN: K ARI K ANK AANPÄÄ COSTUMES: K AISA POHJOLA CAST: ALEX MILLS, HARRY LISTER-SMITH, VANESSA GRASSE PRODUCERS: TEEMU VIRTA, BOB PORTAL, TERO K AUKOMAA PRODUCTION COMPANY: ROGER! PICTURES, ALLIANCE MEDIA COMPANY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ALLIANCE MEDIA PARTNERS, BUFO DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN INTERNATIONAL SALES: RAVEN BANNER

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MARKO MÄKILAAKSO is an internationally known film director with a good reputation for his trademark visual style and strong storytelling. Mäkilaakso has directed three feature films; War of the Dead (2011, USA-Lithuania-Italy), Deadly Descent (2013, USA) ja Ella ja kaverit 2: Paterock (2013, Finland) ranging in genre from action to family comedy.


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LAPLAND ODYSSEY 3 NAPAPIIRIN SANKARIT 3

YELLOW FILM & TV FINNISH PREMIERE: AUGUST 23, 2017 DCP | 2.35:1 | 105’

At his old friend’s funeral, Janne realises that his life has no direction. In order to find out who he really is, Janne goes hiking in solitude. Except Kämä and Räihänen turn up as well, because they thought “hiking” was just a codename for heavy boozing. And, once again, this trip turns into an epic journey of survival.

DIRECTOR: TIINA LYMI SCRIPT: PEKKO PESONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TEPPO HÖGMAN EDITING: IIKK A HESSE MUSIC: LAURI PORRA SOUND DESIGN: PEKK A K ARJALAINEN SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: ANNA-MARI VEHMAN CAST: JUSSI VATANEN, PAMELA TOLA, TIMO LAVIK AINEN, SANT TU K ARVONEN, K ARI KETONEN PRODUCERS: OLLI HAIKK A, JARKKO HENTULA PRODUCTION COMPANY: YELLOW FILM & TV PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANIES: NELONEN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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SECOND FEATURE

TIINA LYMI is one of the most wellknown and acclaimed actresses of her generation. She has worked extensively in film, theatre and television alike. She made her directorial debut with Off The Map (Äkkilähtö) in 2016. Lapland Odyssey 3 is her second feature film.


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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN… WILDERNESS!


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LAW OF THE LAND ARMOTON MAA

MAKING MOVIES OY FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 20, 2017 DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: LEVEL K www.levelk.dk

An arctic western taking place on both sides of the northern Finnish-Swedish border. A retiring police officer learns that his illegitimate son has been released from prison and is terrorizing the area. As his final task, he tries to contain the situation but it soon spirals out of control and turns violent, forcing him to face his past.

DIRECTOR: JUSSI HILTUNEN SCRIPT: JUSSI HILTUNEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI EDITING: KIMMO TAAVILA MUSIC: KIRK A SAINIO SOUND DESIGN: SEPPO VANHATALO, IVO FELT SET DESIGN: MARKKU PÄTILÄ COSTUMES: NINA ERDAHL CAST: VILLE VIRTANEN, ANT TI HOLMA, MIKKO NEUVONEN, MALIN BUSK A, OUTI MÄENPÄÄ, PERNILLA AUGUST, JØRGEN LANGHELLE PRODUCERS: K AI NORDBERG, K AARLE AHO PRODUCTION COMPANY: MAKING MOVIES OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: SWEET FILMS, FILMCAMP PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, EURIMAGES, NORWEGIAN FILM INSTITUTE, CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, FILMCAMP FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: LEVEL K

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JUSSI HILTUNEN is awarded film- maker from Northern Finland. Hiltunen graduated from Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences in 2011. His short film All Hallows’ Week was selected to Berlinale in 2012 and won several awards in international film festivals.


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A COMEDY ABOUT A MAN, LEFT ALONE WITH A BABY.


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MAN AND A BABY

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SOLAR FILMS INC. OY FINNISH PREMIERE: AUTUMN 2017 DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’

A comedy about a man who is left alone with a baby. “Goodbye sex, bar-nights and writing jobs. Welcome puke wipes, baby formula and Teletubbies. But how the hell am I going to find those ancient mommy genes?” Marriage. Mortgage. Car. Antti Pasanen is working as a journalist. His life is on the right track; his wife Pia is just about to give birth. Until – in front of the Maternity Hospital everything changes. Antti, with the sniffling baby in his arms, sees the taxi’s taillights fading in the distance. Pia is sitting on the backseat; their future as a nuclear family is disappearing. A new life on the baby’s terms begins and Antti has no clue what it’s all about.

DIRECTOR: MARJA PYYKKÖ SCRIPT: MARKO LEINO AND MARJA PYYKKÖ, BASED ON THE BOOK BY EVE HIETAMIES CINEMATOGRAPHY: KONSTA SOHLBERG F.S.C. EDITING: HARRI YLÖNEN MUSIC: ANT TI LEHTINEN SOUND DESIGN: PANU RIIKONEN SET DESIGN: SAT TVA-HANNA TOIVIAINEN COSTUMES: TIINA K AUK ANEN CAST: PET TERI SUMMANEN, MARJA SALO, RIA K ATAJA, NIKO SAARELA, MARJAANA MAIJALA PRODUCERS: JUKK A HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: NELONEN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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Director MARJA PYYKKÖ has directed feature films Run Sister Run (2010), a strong story of Finnish youth in rebellion, and Village People (2013), a tongue-in-cheek comedy about people longing for a miracle, someone or something to change their lives for good. She has also directed an award-winning TV series and short films.


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MIAMI HELSINKI-FILMI FINNISH PREMIERE: AUTUMN 2017 DCP | 2.39:1 | 90’

Miami is the story of two sisters who have grown up separately. The older sister, ANGELA, 29, is an exotic dancer with her own touring dance group. The younger, ANNA, 21, on the threshold of adulthood, lives in a small town working in sales. When their father dies, Anna looks for and finds Angela. The fascinating, high-strung Angela asks the timid Anna to accompany her on tour and, before long, trouble from Angela’s past catches up to them and the sisters’ love is put to the test.

DIRECTOR: ZAIDA BERGROTH SCRIPT: JAN FORSSTRÖM, ZAIDA BERGROTH CINEMATOGRAPHY: HENA BLOMBERG EDITING: SAMU HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM SET DESIGN: OKKU RAHKAINEN COSTUMES: TIINA KAUKANEN CAST: KRISTA KOSONEN, SONJA KUITTINEN PRODUCER: MIIA HAAVISTO PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI-FILMI OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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Miami is ZAIDA BERGROTH’S (born 1977) third feature. Zaida’s previous films (The Good Son and The Last Cowboy Standing) have been screened at festivals including the TIFF and has received awards at the Pusan International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and many others. Zaida is now editing Miami and developing her next project with Helsinki-filmi.


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REUNION 2 BACHELOR PARTY IS A SEQUEL TO THE BOX OFFICE HIT REUNION (2015)

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LUOKKAKOKOUS 2 – POLTTARIT SOLAR FILMS INC. OY FINNISH PREMIERE: NOVEMBER 2, 2016 DCP | 2.39:1 | 83’

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Our well-known trio is on the road again. Tuomas is getting married and the relationships of Niklas and Antti would need a little cheer-up. Suddenly, the bachelor party turns into a funeral of an old friend, and they have to handle other adversities more than anyone at this point should. Will they manage?

DIRECTOR: TANELI MUSTONEN SCRIPT: ADAPTED SCRIPT BY TANELI MUSTONEN, BASED ON THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT BY CLAUDIA BODERKE & LARS MERING CINEMATOGRAPHY: DANIEL LINDHOLM EDITING: ALEKSI RAIJ MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: VESA MERILÄINEN SET DESIGN: OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: HENNA SAARIVUORI CAST: JAAJO LINNONMAA, AKU HIRVINIEMI, SAMI HEDBERG PRODUCERS: JESSE FRYCKMAN, JUKK A HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: NELONEN DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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TANELI MUSTONEN (born in 1978 in Joensuu, Finland) is a film director especially known for his box office hit Reunion (2015) based on Danish film Klassefesten, which broke records in Finland, becoming the second most successful movie ever. Mustonen’s other films are Ella and Friends, Bodom and Reunion 2. In 2015 Mustonen was mentioned in Variety’s list of 10 Nordic directors to track.


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STAR BOYS KAIKEN SE KESTÄÄ SILVA MYSTERIUM DCP | 1.85:1 | 82’

STAR BOYS is about what happens when sexual revolution arrives into a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland, as seen by the 13-year-old Star Boy singers who are forced to observe their parents’ sexual liberation and its consequences at too close range. It’s a powerful story of two families of architects being torn apart by crumbling of moral conceptions and the parents’ endless need for love and freedom. After a fatal toga party, no one and nothing is the same, and the boys’ confusion erupts violently… Even though STAR BOYS deals with heavy themes, it is ultimately a warm and positive survival story that portrays the persistence and capacity of children to get over even most difficult experiences in life.

DIRECTOR: VISA KOISO-K ANT TILA SCRIPT: VISA KOISO-K ANT TILA CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARKKO T. LAINE F.S.C. EDITING: MERVI JUNKKONEN MUSIC: PER STÖRBY JUTBRING SOUND DESIGN: TONY ÖSTERHOLM SET DESIGN: SAARA JORO COSTUMES: RIIT TA RÖPELINEN CAST: VILI SAARELA, OLAVI ANGERVO, ANT TI LUUSUANIEMI, PIHLA VIITALA, MALLA MALMIVAARA, TOMI ENBUSK A, RISTO TUORILA, EEVA-MAIJA HAUKINEN, JANNE RAUDASKOSKI PRODUCERS: MIK A RITALAHTI, NIKO RITALAHTI, PETER HILTUNEN, STEPHAN APELGREN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SILVA MYSTERIUM COPRODUCTION COMPANIES: DRAGON FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SCANBOX INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBC

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M.A. VISA KOISO-KANTTILA is one of the most acknowledged documentary film directors in Finland and Scandinavia. STAR BOYS is Koiso-Kanttila’s debut as a fiction director and scriptwriter – the story of STAR BOYS is inspired by his own childhood memories from the 70’s.

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THE ETERNAL ROAD

IKITIE

MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 DCP | 2.35:1 | 100’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: TRUSTNORDISK www.trustnordisk.com

The Eternal Road is based on Antti Tuuri’s bestselling book of the same name and tells the untold story of the thousands of communist Americans who sought a new way of life in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s. The film is written and directed by AJ Annila who has previously directed JADE WARRIOR (2006) and SAUNA (2008) along with several other projects in the pipeline. During the 1930s great depression Stalin invites all the workers of the world to come build a new society based on justice, equality and freedom. More than 10,000 Americans answers this call. One of them is Jussi Ketola, an American with Finnish origins. However, the dream of a communist paradise is quickly shattered when Jussi is harassed by fascist thugs on one side and the Soviet secret police on the other. Despite the many challenges, Jussi manages to settle down in the community and build a family. But, as the political climate changes, the foreigners become undesirable elements in Stalin’s communist regime and people start disappearing.

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DIRECTOR: ANT TI-JUSSI ANNILA SCRIPT: ANT TI TUURI, ANT TI-JUSSI ANNILA, AKU LOUHIMIES CINEMATOGRAPHY: RAUNO RONK AINEN EDITING: TAMBET TASUJA MUSIC: IAN PERSON,  K ALLE GUSTAFSSON JERNEHOLM SOUND DESIGN: FREDRIK DALENFJÄLL SET DESIGN: K ALJU KIVI COSTUMES: EUGEN TAMBERG CAST: TOMMI KORPELA, SIDSE BABET T-KNUDSEN, H-P BJÖRKMAN,  IRINA BJÖRKLUND PRODUCER: ILKK A MATILA PRODUCTION COMPANY: MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: TASK A FILM ESTONIA, ANAGRAM SWEDEN, FILM VÄST SWEDEN PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, EFF, NFTF FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TRUSTNORDISK

AJ ANNILA (1977) is an award winning director from Finland. His first feature Jade Warrior was a martial art fantasy and the first finnish film to get a theatrical release in China. Second feature Sauna, a psychological horror film, was awarded on a number of international festivals and was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize. Both films had their world premier at Toronto International Film Festival.


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YOU CAN BE HYPNOTISED… EVEN TO MURDER PEOPLE

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ART FILMS PRODUCTION AFP OY FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 2018 DCP | 2.35:1 | 110’

Based on true events. An investigator and a hypnotist run a life-and-death chase through the world of psychological manipulation, revealing the most incredible series of hypnosisrelated crimes in history.

DIRECTOR: ARTO HALONEN SCRIPT: ARTO HALONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: PINI HELLSTEDT EDITING: JUSSI RAUTANIEMI MUSIC: TUOMAS K ANTELINEN SOUND DESIGN: KIRK A SAINIO SET DESIGN: SØREN SCHWARTZBERG COSTUMES: LOUIZE NISSEN CAST: TBA PRODUCERS: ARTO HALONEN (FINLAND), TIMO T. LAHTINEN (DENMARK), IGOR A. NOLA (CROATIA) PRODUCTION COMPANY: ART FILMS PRODUCTION AFP OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, NORDIC FILM & TV FUND, IPR.VC, CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, DANISH TV2 DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND AND IN NORDIC COUNTRIES: SCANBOX

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ARTO HALONEN is an international award-winning feature and documentary film director and producer, known for his strong stance on social subjects. Halonen has received the Finland Prize, the nation’s highest cultural award, as well as the Humanitarian Award of the European Union. His fiction film“Princess” became one of the most viewed Finnish features of the last decade and received many awards worldwide. His latest documentary, the critically acclaimed ”White Rage,” has already garnered international awards and recognition on a social and political level.


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THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN

SPUTNIK OY FINNISH PREMIERE: FEBRUARY 3, 2017 DCP, 35MM | 1.85:1 | 98’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE MATCH FACTORY GMBH www.the-match-factory.com

The paths of a Syrian refugee and a Finnish travelling salesman cross in the asphalt jungle called Helsinki.

DIRECTOR: AKI K AURISMÄKI SCRIPT: AKI K AURISMÄKI CINEMATOGRAPHY: TIMO SALMINEN EDITING: SAMU HEIKKILÄ SOUND DESIGN: TERO MALMBERG SET DESIGN: VILLE GRÖNROOS, HEIKKI HÄKKINEN, MARKKU PÄTILÄ COSTUMES: TIINA K AUK ANEN CAST: SHERWAN HAJI, SAK ARI KUOSMANEN, JANNE HYYTIÄINEN, ILKK A KOIVULA, NUPPU KOIVU, K AIJA PAK ARINEN, SIMON HUSSEIN AL-BAZOON, NIROZ HAJI PRODUCER: AKI K AURISMÄKI PRODUCTION COMPANY: SPUTNIK OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: OY BUFO AB (MISHA JAARI, MARK LWOFF), PANDORA FILM (REINHARD BRUNDIG) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, FINLAND 100 PROGRAMME, THE CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE COPRODUCTIONS, ZDF/ARTE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN DISTRIBUTION OY INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE MATCH FACTORY GMBH

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AKI KAURISMÄKI Director, scriptwriter, producer

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HUH HUH -FILMI OY FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 2017 DCP | 2.39:1 | 108’

THE SIXTH TIME is a tragicomedy about two sex addicts: a woman who knows how to say yes and a man who definitely won’t say no. She just wants sex without emotions – and honesty. He’s more than okay with that. What else can a woman hope but a man – honest and naked – and the truth?

DIRECTOR: MAARIT LALLI SCRIPT: MAARIT LALLI CINEMATOGRAPHY: TEPPO HÖGMAN EDITING: HARRI YLÖNEN MUSIC: KEPA LEHTINEN SOUND DESIGN: PASI PENI SET DESIGN: MAARIT LALLI, OTSO LINNALAAKSO COSTUMES: MAARIT LALLI, NIINA PASANEN CAST: ANT TI LUUSUANIEMI, PIHLA VIITALA, DICK IDMAN, ARJA SAIJONMAA, STIG RÄSTA, SEBASTIAN REJMAN, MINNA HAAPKYLÄ, PIRKK A-PEKK A PETELIUS, ONA K AMU, NIINA NURMINEN, ESKO ROINE, TERHI PANULA, TURKK A MASTOMÄKI, ESKO SALMINEN PRODUCER: MAARIT LALLI PRODUCTION COMPANY: HUH HUH -FILMI OY FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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MAARIT LALLI is a Finnish director, screenwriter and producer. In the beginning of her career Maarit Lalli directed several awarded short films and worked as a writer and a director for several popular TV series. Her first feature film Almost 18 won the Jussi Award for best screenplay, best film and best director in 2013.


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THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER TUNTEMATON SOTILAS

ELOKUVAOSAKEYHTIÖ SUOMI 2017 FINNISH PREMIERE: OCTOBER 27, 2017 4K DCP | 2.45:1 | 165’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: BETA CINEMA www.betacinema.com

The Unknown Soldier, an explosive war drama, is the story of a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviets in the Second World War. It is an adaptation of the iconic novel by Väinö Linna, who himself was such a soldier. The story evolves around individual men in the platoon, all very different from one another. The warm humour of The Unknown Soldier makes it all the more realistic, true and tragic. The Unknown Soldier is also a grippingly moving story of a small nation standing up to the overwhelming force of the Soviet Union. It is an unusual account of how the human mind is transformed in a gruelling journey there and back again. DIRECTOR: AKU LOUHIMIES SCRIPT: AKU LOUHIMIES, JARI OLAVI RANTALA CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIK A ORASMAA F.S.C. EDITING: BEN MERCER MUSIC: LASSE ENERSEN SOUND DESIGN: KIRK A SAINIO SET DESIGN: PETRI NEUVONEN COSTUMES: MARJAT TA NISSINEN CAST: EERO AHO, AKU HIRVINIEMI, JUSSI VATANEN, JOONAS SAARTAMO, JOHANNES HOLOPAINEN, SAMULI VAURAMO, ART TU K APULAINEN, PAULA VESALA PRODUCERS: AKU LOUHIMIES, MIKKO TENHUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: ELOKUVAOSAKEYHTIÖ SUOMI 2017 CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: SCOPE PICTURES AND KVIKMYNDAFÉLAG ÍSLANDS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, NORDISK FILM & TV FUND, SUOMI 100, MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE TAX SHELTER SYSTEM OF THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT VIA SCOPE INVEST FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SF FILM FINLAND INTERNATIONAL SALES: BETA CINEMA

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AKU LOUHIMIES is an award-winning director and screenwriter. His highly acclaimed, commercially successful films have established him as one of the most prominent directors in Scandinavian cinema today. The Unknown soldier is his 9th feature.


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Lauri Mäntyvaara is a young hockey talent whose career is threatened by his star-crossed love with Heidi. Heidi’s best friend Satu decides to protect their love. Satu will not only fight against Lauri’s family, but also takes control in saving the whole concept of romantic love from capitalism. Set in the Finnish archipelago, Satu will need help from the Scandinavian Geisha School, Bay of Failed Marriages and Heidi’s brother Henri (crush- alert!) to succeed in her mission.

DIRECTOR: HANNALEENA HAURU SCRIPT: HANNALEENA HAURU CINEMATOGRAPHY: JAN-NICLAS JANSSON EDITING: JENNY TERVAK ARI MUSIC: LAURI WUOLIO SOUND DESIGN: JUSSI HONK A SET DESIGN: K ARI K ANK AANPÄÄ COSTUMES: AINO HAVU CAST: INK A HAAPAMÄKI, ROSA HONKONEN, SANTERI MÄNTYLÄ, TIITUS RANTALA, PETER K ANERVA, HELENA VALKEE, SAMULI VAURAMO, JANNI HUSSI PRODUCER: JUSSI RANTAMÄKI PRODUCTION COMPANY: COMPANY: AAMU FILM COMPANY LTD CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 10:15 PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, WEST FINLAND FILM COMMISSION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: SCANBOX FINLAND INTERNATIONAL SALES: PREMIUM FILMS (FRANCE

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HANNALEENA HAURU (b. 1983) is a Finnish screenwriter and director. Hannaleena has directed several short films, both fiction and experimental, three of which have been screened in Cannes Critics’ Week. Her work has been screened widely and acknowledged in Oberhausen, Uppsala, the Tampere Film Festival and more. Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara is Hannaleena’s first feature film script and direction.


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AN EPIC STORY OF A MAN CALLED TOUKO LAAKSONEN AND THE ARTIST CALLED TOM OF FINLAND. Photo: Mikko Rasila

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Doug (Seumas Sargent), Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) and Jack (Jakob Oftebro) by Josef Persson

Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) by Josef Persson


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Tom of Finland is a beautiful and thrilling true story about a Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns home after serving his country in World War II. But post-war Finland is a bleak and moralistic place where homosexuality is illegal, so Touko has to be furtive about his sexual encounters. To amuse himself and his friends, Touko starts to draw muscular, free and proud gay men who are uninhibited. These drawings are forbidden and dangerous in Finland, so they must be kept secret. Even his sister Kaija doesn’t know what he’s drawing. During the day, Touko leads a regular life working in an advertisement agency. He then falls in love with a dancer, Veli Mäkinen. The drawings lead Touko to Berlin and from there to Los Angeles, where his friends help his art become a success. His works, signed with Touko’s artist name ’Tom of Finland’, become widely popular and fan the flames of the gay movement. Tom of Finland’s art is timeless and world famous. DIRECTOR: DOME K ARUKOSKI SCRIPT: ALEKSI BARDY CINEMATOGRAPHY: LASSE FRANK, DFF EDITING: HARRI YLÖNEN MUSIC: HILDUR GUDNADOT TIR (MAIN COMPOSER) AND LASSE ENERSEN / FORTUNATOR MUSIC GMBH SOUND DESIGN: NIKLAS SK ARP & CHRISTIAN HOLM SET DESIGN: CHRISTIAN OLANDER COSTUMES: ANNA VILPPUNEN CAST: PEKK A STRANG, LAURI TILK ANEN, JESSICA GRABOWSKY, TAISTO OKSANEN, SEUMAS SARGENT, JAKOB OFTEBRO, NIKLAS HOGNER PRODUCERS: ALEKSI BARDY, MIIA HAAVISTO, ANNIK A SUCKSDORFF PRODUCTION COMPANY: HELSINKI-FILMI OY CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ANAGRAM VÄST, FRIDTHJOF FILM, NEUTRINOS PRODUCTIONS, FILM I VÄST, HELSINKI IMMATERIAL, FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT FAME, BACKUP MEDIA PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, THE DANISH FILM INSTITUTE, NORDISK FILM / TV FOND, MEDIENBOARD BERLINBRANDENBURG, GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT, DR DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: FINNKINO INTERNATIONAL SALES: PROTAGONIST PICTURES

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DOME KARUKOSKI is one of Finland’s most acclaimed directors. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the Variety’s worldwide TOP-10 Directors to Watch. All of his films have been a success both critically and at the box office. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards. He has been nominated for the best director prize with all of his six feature films. With Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey he also won the prize for best director. Three of his six films have won the audience award in Finland and his films have gathered numerous international prizes. His films have sold to all continents.


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A STORY OF A ROAD TRIP IN FINLAND, FULL OF SURPRISES, DURING WHICH A STUBBORN OLD MAN AND A YOUNG IMMIGRANT BOY LEARN VALUABLE FACTS OF LIFE – FROM EACH OTHER.

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Veikko is an old racist who has ended up living in a suburban apartment block filled with a very colorful selection of refugees and immigrants. Kamal is a 16-year-old boy who’s fed up with his life in Finland and dreams of moving to Nairobi to live with his father. The only problem is that he doesn’t have a job or the money to buy the flight ticket. Veikko is ill, and he wants to go to his summer cottage to die. As his last deed, wanting to teach Kamal a lesson, Veikko hires Kamal to help him to get to his cottage, and there are a few surprise turns along the way.

DIRECTOR: SAMULI VALK AMA SCRIPT: KHADAR AHMED AND SAMULI VALK AMA CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANSSI LEINO F.S.C. EDITING: MIKKO SIPPOLA MUSIC: PESSI LEVANTO SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM SET DESIGN: ANT TI NIKKINEN COSTUMES: NINNA PÄIVÄLÄINEN CAST: HEIKKI NOUSIAINEN, NOAH KIN, MIKKO NOUSIAINEN, SAGA SARKOLA PRODUCERS: RIMBO SALOMAA, JUKK A HELLE, MARKUS SELIN PRODUCTION COMPANY: SOLAR FILMS INC. OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NORDISK FILM INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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SAMULI VALKAMA (born in 1974) has directed two feature films, Love and Other Troubles (2012) and No Thank You (2014). He has also directed well-known TV series and is also credited as a screenwriter.


FESTIVAL CONTACT FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMS

MARJA PALLASSALO SENIOR ADVISOR / CULTURAL EXPORT OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS marja.pallassalo@ses.fi +358 9 6220 3021


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MOUKA FILMI OY FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 23, 2017 DCP | 16:9 | 90’

Xenophobia, poverty and hybrid warfare are shaking the foundations of Europe. Boiling Point reflects these issues through Finland. Are we reaching a point where dialogue ends and violence starts?

DIRECTOR: ELINA HIRVONEN SCRIPT: ELINA HIRVONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARKKO M. VIRTANEN EDITING: TIMO PELTOLA MUSIC: HANS WESSELS SOUND DESIGN: KIMMO VÄNT TINEN PRODUCERS: SAMI JAHNUK AINEN, TIMO VIERIMAA PRODUCTION COMPANY: MOUK A FILMI PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE

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ELINA HIRVONEN is a Helsinki based, award-winning author and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and human rights.


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MAKING THE WORLD SAFER FOR WOMEN ONE BOY AT A TIME.

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Boys Who Like Girls - Making the World safer for women one boy at a time. This is a character driven story set in Mumbai, India, a deeply patriarchal country with countless religions and values. The story revolves around misogyny and gender inequality but, above all, it’s about rejecting them. It unexpectedly approaches the issue entirely from the viewpoint of men. This is the backdrop for the stories of our three main cahracters.

DIRECTOR: INK A ACHTÉ SCRIPT: INK A ACHTÉ CINEMATOGRAPHY: SARI AALTONEN, RIJU DIAS EDITING: LIVIA SERPA MUSIC: TBC SOUND DESIGN: TBC CAST: HARISH, ASPAR, VED PRODUCER: LIISA JUNTUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: NAPAFILMS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ONE EYED TURTLE FILMS (INDIA), GAMMAGLIMT AS (NORWAY) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, FRIT T ORD FUND, AVEK, KMS FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, EER, UR, LRT, RTV, CHANNEL 8 DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBC INTERNATIONAL SALES: CINEPHIL

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INKA ACHTÉ has over 10 years of experience working in the film and television industries in her native Finland and in the United Kingdom. Along with directing award-winning documentaries she has worked at YLE and on independent documentaries, series and factual programming. Inka also works as a mentor to Postgraduate film students at the Raindance Film Institute and in documentary Sales and Acquisitions at Autlook Sales.


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EVERY OTHER COUPLE JOKA TOINEN PARI

SAHADOK FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 27, 2017 DCP 25 FPS | 16:9 | 77’

Almost everywhere in the Western world every second marriage ends up in divorce. ‘Every Other Couple’ is a documentary film about the moments when we realize that our life is going to change for good. It’s a film about separation. The cast consists of three ex-couples. Their stories deal with events of common past and present time, life after divorce, when ex-couples still have to deal with each other.

DIRECTOR: MIA HALME SCRIPT: MIA HALME CINEMATOGRAPHY: HEIKKI FÄRM, PETER FLINCKENBERG, PÄIVI KET TUNEN EDITING: ANTONY BENTLEY MUSIC: VILLE A. TANT TU SOUND DESIGN: MICKE NYSTRÖM PRODUCERS: ALEKSI SALMENPERÄ, MIA HALME, TIMO VIERIMAA PRODUCTION COMPANY: SAHADOK PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE 1, DOKUMENT TIPROJEKTI INTERNATIONAL SALES: JOURNEYMAN FILMS

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MIA HALME is an acclaimed Finnish documentary director. Her films are intimate and non-compromising cinema avoiding explanations or obvious moral judgement. Her work has been awarded both in Finland and abroad.


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“THAT MORNING I HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SAME EVENING WE WOULD NO LONGER LIVE TOGETHER.”


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OI SUOMI

FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS FINNISH PREMIERE: DECEMBER 26, 2016 DCP | HD PRORES | 16:9 | 83’

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FINLANDIA, AGAIN!

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The Finland’s men’s national football team has never made it to a major tournament – this is the best known fact in Finnish football. In the autumn of 2014 however, the atmosphere was full of hope. Qualification rounds for the Euros were about to begin and Finland had been lucky in the draw; there would be no top countries to play against. But the result had been seen before: getting there was not even close. Finlandia, Again! follows the via dolorosa of Finnish football team. Helsinki, Belfast, Budapest – nothing but disappointments.

DIRECTOR: MIKKO MAT TILA SCRIPT: MIKKO MAT TILA, PAULI PENT TI CINEMATOGRAPHY: JESSE JOKINEN EDITING: ALT TI SJÖGREN MUSIC: RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM SOUND DESIGN: PEKK A K ARJALAINENA CAST: TEEMU PUKKI, LUCAS HRADECKY, BERAT SADIK, SAK ARI MAT TILA PRODUCER: PAULI PENT TI PRODUCTION COMPANY: FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: VL MEDIA INTERNATIONAL SALES: FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS

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MIKKO MATTILA (b. 1958) worked as a gaffer before embarking on a career in directing. He has directed several TV films and series. Finandia, Again! is his second documentary.


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Russia’s current patriotic bluster and turn to ultra conservative values have driven many of it’s citizens to flee abroad. Grey Violet, a mathematician by profession, an activist by heart, who is not a ”he” or ”she”, but ”ze”, is one of those who had to leave Moscow. In Russia, ze has become a target of various neo-conservative groups and has even been pointed out by President Putin himself. Now ze is in Finland seeking asylum. Back in Moscow, Grey Violet’s mother Svetlana reflects on how things got to this point. Throughout the years, she has done a great deal of work trying to understand, accept and protect her eccentric and radical son. Now both of them have to find new ways to cope in this new situation forced upon them.

DIRECTOR: REET TA AALTO SCRIPT: REET TA AALTO CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOONA PET TERSON EDITING: REET TA AALTO MUSIC: CONNY MALMQVIST SOUND DESIGN: MIK A NIINIMA CAST: GREY VIOLET, SVETLANA HOFFMAN PRODUCER: LIISA JUNTUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: NAPAFILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: NAPAFILMS INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBC

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REETTA AALTO (b. 1976) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker, who writes and directs both fiction and documentary films. Her selected filmography includes the hit internet animation Pussy for Beginners, a Prix Europa nominee TV miniseries Paradise and the awarded short films Girls’ Night and To Live, to Exist, and a documentary film Guardian Angel.


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GROUP THEATRE RYHMIS TURNS 50 RYHMIS!

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The film tells about the Finnish Ryhmäteatteri. Founded in 1967, it is Finland’s oldest and most popular independent theatre group. Its goal is not to generate profit, but to create and promote values which encourage individuals to take responsibility for themselves and for the world. The Ryhmäteatteri is committed to the idea that individuals can make a difference, and that even the smallest acts are significant.

DIRECTOR: MIK A K AURISMÄKI SCRIPT: MIK A K AURISMÄKI CINEMATOGRAPHY: TAHVO HIRVONEN EDITING: TUULI KUIT TINEN PRODUCER: MIK A K AURISMÄKI PRODUCTION COMPANY: MARIANNA FILMS OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE

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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 brothers 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)


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A funny and moving film about teenagers with growing pains, who discover their own voice and talent through riding and making hobbyhorses. Playing with hobbyhorses is traditionally child’s play, but today’s teenagers have brought the scene to a new level. Hobbyhorse Revolution follows Aisku, Elsa, Alisa and their friends for two and a half years. As the girls grow, the hobby evolves and expands to become a phenomenon for thousands of people in Finland.

DIRECTOR: SELMA VILHUNEN SCRIPT: SELMA VILHUNEN, OKKU NUUTILAINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: SARI AALTONEN, SELMA VILHUNEN EDITING: OKKU NUUTILAINEN ORIGINAL SCORE: HENRIK OJA SOUND DESIGN: CHRISTOFFER DEMBY CAST: MARIAM NIJE, ELSA SALO, ALISA AARNIOMÄKI PRODUCERS: ELLI TOIVONIEMI, VENLA HELLSTEDT PRODUCTION COMPANY: TUFFI FILMS COPRODUCTION COMPANY: BAUTA FILM IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: THERESE HÖGBERG, SVT SWEDEN, ANNA SVENSSON, FILMPOOL NORD, K ATJA HÄRKÖNEN PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, FILMPOOL NORD, FILM I VÄSTERBOT TEN, NORDISK FILM & TV FOND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE, SVT DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBC INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBC

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SELMA VILHUNEN is an Academy Award nominated director and screenwriter of both fiction and documentary films. Her latest works include the feature documentary Song and feature film Little Wing. She was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 with her short film Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?


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INTO THE FOREST I GO SIELUNMETSÄ

FILMIMAA, LTD FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 24, 2017, DOCPOINT DCP | 1.85:1 | 90’

Into the Forest I go is a feature-length film that delves into the soul of the forest people, the Finns. The film is set entirely in the forest: The protagonists sleep beneath spruce trees, make art, hunt with their dogs, hold techno raves in the summer night and earn their living as forest owners. As the film progresses, we gain a more and more in-depthversatile view of the forest as a biological organism, a spiritual retreat for humans, a source of inspiration and a complete living environment supporting us all.

DIRECTOR: ANU KUIVALAINEN SCRIPT: ANU KUIVALAINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARKKO T. LAINE, F.S.C. EDITING: TUULA MEHTONEN MUSIC: SANNA SALMENK ALLIO SOUND DESIGN: JANNE LAINE PRODUCER: MARKKU TUURNA PRODUCTION COMPANY: FILMIMAA, LTD. PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, THE METSÄMIESTEN SÄÄTIÖ FOUNDATION, TUULIAISEN SÄÄTIÖ FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: PEK

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ANU KUIVALAINEN (b. 1964), is known for her beautiful, visually stunning films that make you think and feel, including ”Christmas in Distance”(1994), ”A Black Cat on the Snow” (1999) and ”Aranda” (2011). Her films have won several international awards. She lives in Helsinki and works as a writer, director and editor on documentary films and has also teached documentary filmmaking in Aalto University.


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JOURNEY TO THE SEA MATKA MERELLE KATHARSIS FILM LTD FINNISH PREMIERE: MARCH 2017

HD | 16:9 | 78’ / 56’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: KATHARSIS FILMS LTD www.kafi.fi

The Gulf of Finland is one of the most beautiful seas in the world. Its geology and fauna is unique. It’s also said to be one of the most polluted marine areas in the world. Decades ago the water was clear and the nature diverse. Film maker Jouni Hiltunen takes his son to a sailing trip to the Gulf of Finland of his youth. But what is the sea that once seemed like a paradise now, decades later?

DIRECTOR: JOUNI HILTUNEN SCRIPT: JOUNI HILTUNEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOUNI HILTUNEN, TIMO PELTONEN EDITING: JOUNI HILTUNEN, ANNE LAK ANEN MUSIC: SIMO HELK ALA, MARKKU KOPISTO SOUND DESIGN: JANNE JANKERI PRODUCER: JOUNI HILTUNEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: K ATHARSIS FILMS LTD PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, TUULIAINEN FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE TV1 DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN LTD. INTERNATIONAL SALES: K ATHARSIS FILMS LTD.

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JOUNI HILTUNEN is a documentary and nature film director. He has worked in various sectors of the film industry since 1990 and has directed over 20 documentary films. He has run his own production company Katharsis Films since 2001.


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A MAGICAL STORY ABOUT THE LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP AND THE CULTURE THAT WAS ALMOST DESTROYED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.


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OKTOBER OY DCP | 4:3 | 82’

Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest is a poetic study of the friendship between a legendary Skolt Sámi storyteller, Kaisa Gauriloff, and Swiss writer, Robert Crottet. It is set in the interface between truth and fiction, bringing together the age-old legends of the Skolt Sámi people and their destinies as shaped by the Second World War. Though set in the past, the film and its themes are still remarkably current in this present day. Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest is an award-winning documentary film produced by Oktober production company. Film has been praised by critics in acclaimed magazines including Variety and Hollywood reporter as enchanting and finely crafted film that celebrates a lost world. Film has been screened at several A-level festivals such as HotDocs, DokLeipzig, Gothenburg International Film Festival and will be part of Berlinale’s selection in 2017. DIRECTOR: K ATJA GAURILOFF SCRIPT: K ATJA GAURILOFF CINEMATOGRAPHY: HEIKKI FÄRM EDITING: TIMO PELTOLA ANIMATION: VERONIKA BESEDINA MUSIC: TIMO PELTOLA SOUND DESIGN: TIMO PELTOLA, JUKK A NURMELA PRODUCERS: JOONAS BERGHÄLL, SATU MAJAVA PRODUCTION COMPANY: OKTOBER OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, YLE, MEDIA SLATE SUPPORT, INTERNATIONAL SÁMI FILM CENTRE, THE SÁMI PARLIAMENT FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE

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KATJA GAURILOFF is an award-winning film director, screenwriter and a co-owner of the Oktober production company. Her films has been screened at various festivals around the world including Berlinale, Gothenburg International Film Festival, London BFI Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Silver Docs AFI (USA). Currently, she is developing her first feature length fiction film Baby Jane, that will be shot in the summer 2017.


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NELJÄ ELEMENTTIÄ

MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 28, 2017 DCP | 2.35:1 | 73’

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LIFE IN FOUR ELEMENTS

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Life in Four Elements is a human journey through Earth, Air, Water and Fire, following the adventures of five unique characters and their unforgettable stories of friendship, birth, dreams and loss.

DIRECTOR: NATALIE JOHANNA HALLA SCRIPT: NATALIE JOHANNA HALLA CINEMATOGRAPHY: TEEMU LIAKK A EDITING: BENJAMIN MERCER MUSIC: MICHAEL HAERINGER, PANU AALTIO SOUND DESIGN: JUHA HAK ANEN, BENJAMIN MERCER PRODUCER: MARKO RÖHR PRODUCTION COMPANY: MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: (INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER) CREATIVE MOVIES SL (ES) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, UPPERS AUSTRIAN FILM FUND FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE INTERNATIONAL SALES: YLE SALES

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NATALIE HALLA was born on November 18th 1975 in Linz (Austria). Since 2010 she has been working as producer, script writer and director for several feature length documentaries, centering mainly on humanitarian and social issues.


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A FILM ABOUT FAMILY, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND THE DIFFERENCE EACH OF US CAN MAKE


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How can one help one’s grandchild, or great-grandchild, fifty years from now? What do we pass on to those who come after us, for better or worse? And what difference can one person make in the world?These are the universal questions that occupy director John Webster in this cinematic letter to his great-grandchild, a girl called Dorit who will be born in the 2060’s, and who’s little yellow boots will walk on a very different shoreline to the one we knew today.Taking as its starting point a personal experience of loss that has been with John throughout his life, we are taken on an emotional and physical journey from Finland, across Russia to the coal mines of Siberia, to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, and across the USA to New York. The story seamlessly weaves together past, present and future to create a beautiful, moving and hopeful documentary about the power each of us has to make a difference.

DIRECTOR: JOHN WEBSTER SCRIPT: JOHN WEBSTER CINEMATOGRAPHY: TUOMO HUTRI F.S.C. SOUND DESIGN: PIETARI KOSKINEN EDITOR: MARIA PALAVAMÄKI ORIGINAL MUSIC: OLAV R. ØYEHAUG PRODUCER: KRISTIINA PERVILÄ-ANDERSSON PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MILLENNIUM FILM LTD, JW DOCUMENTARIES CO-PRODUCERS: HEINO DECKERT, ELISABETH KLEPPE CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MA.JA.DE FILMPRODUCTION, ALDELES SJAU INTERNATIONAL SALES: DECKERT DISTRIBUTION

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JOHN WEBSTER is a director and producer of documentaries. He was born in Helsinki, Finland, to British parents in 1967 and has been directing and producing documentaries since 1991. His films are typically human-interest stories with strong central characters whose lives are followed over a long period of time. John places particular importance on research and documentary structure, and also mentors and script doctors documentaries. During the past ten years he has been committed to the subject of climate change. His past films include Recipes for Disaster (2008), What Comes Around (2005), Rooms of Shadow and Light (2001), Losing it (1999), Don’t Tell Daddy (1995) and Suckers (1993).


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MOON CHILD KUUTYTTÖ

ILLUME LTD. OY www.illume.fi FINNISH PREMIERE: AUTUMN 2017

HD | 16:9 | 80’

A girl is adopted in Thailand to a European family. What are the conditions that force a paperless refugee mother to give her child away? A film about two women who are mothers to the same child, and about a child who belongs to two different worlds.

DIRECTORS: ANNA KORHONEN SCRIPT: ANNA KORHONEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: MARITA HÄLLFORS F.S.C EDITING: K ATJA PÄLLIJEFF SOUND DESIGN: OLLI HUHTANEN PRODUCERS: MARIANNE MÄKELÄ, JOUKO AALTONEN, VENLA HELLSTEDT PRODUCTION COMPANY: ILLUME OY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA SLATE FUNDING PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA SLATE FUNDING FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: YLE INTERNATIONAL SALES: ILLUME OY

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The director and scriptwirter ANNA KORHONEN was born during the Cold War to a Finnish diplomatic family in the USA and spent her pre-school years abroad. She studied Sociology and Anthroplogy in Helsinki University and gained a Master’s degree in Film from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2006. Korhonen has completed five documentary films or documentary series as a director/scriptwriter and worked as an assistant director/researcher on Peter von Bagh’s most significant films, such as Socialism (2014) and Helsinki, Forever (2008). She has worked on a number of TV and Radio productions in 1995 – 2009.


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“WHO DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE?”


EI KOSKAAN ENÄÄ TUFFI FILMS

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felt accepted as who she is. She has turned her past life with junkies, small-time criminals and violence into rap music she makes under the alias Mercedes Bentso. Now she has found a safe haven and acceptance in a relationship with Janne, who’s in prison for murder. Together they want to turn a new page in their lives, but they struggle to be accepted in the so-called normal society. Will the past let Linda move on?

DIRECTOR: AINO SUNI SCRIPT: AINO SUNI CINEMATOGRAPHY: MIKKO PART TIMAA, AINO SUNI EDITING: JUSSI SANHDU MUSIC: TBC SOUND DESIGN: TBC PRODUCER: ELLI TOIVONIEMI PRODUCTION COMPANY: TUFFI FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE FINNISH MUSIC FOUNDATION, K ALEVALA CULTURE FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBC INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBC

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IN 2014, AINO SUNI graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Screenwriting from University of Salford, UK. She has previously directed short films including fiction and documentary that have travelled many festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand and Sarajevo.


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ONCE I WAS A DRAGONFLY KESÄNI SUDENKORENTONA TUFFI FILMS FINNISH PREMIERE: DOCPOINT 2017 DCP | 2.35:1 | 63’

The film follows 25-year-old Miikka Friman who has grown up with dragonflies. He was already inspired at the age of six by a dragonfly that landed on his shoulder and his inspiration gradually turned into a way of life which still, almost two decades later, drives Miikka to his expeditions. Miikka has been living his whole life with a camera on his hand, researching dragonflies and documenting the important milestones of his live. The film will show in parallel Miikka’s development from a young enthusiastic filmmaker into a grown man while revealing the trajectory of a dragonfly.

DIRECTOR: ELLI TOIVONIEMI SCRIPT: ELLI TOIVONIEMI CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANNA ANTSALO, SELMA VILHUNEN EDITING: OKKU NUUTILAINEN COMPOSERS: JOONA JAAKKOLA, SALLA LUHTALA SOUND DESIGN: TUOMAS KLAAVO PRODUCERS: VENLA HELLSTEDT, ELLI TOIVONIEMI PRODUCTION COMPANY: TUFFI FILMS PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, YLE, AVEK, FINNISH CULTURE FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: TBA INTERNATIONAL SALES: TBA

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ELLI TOIVONIEMI is an award-winning producer-director from the production company Tuffi Films.She is the cofounder-owner and the head producer, and the driving force behind the Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? Her filmography as a producer includes feature films, documentaries and various shorts. The films she’s produced have been awarded at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale and Chicago, and have been distributed all over the world. Elli’s first short fiction film as director, Role, had its world premier in Locarno 2014


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Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN), a band of four educationally challenged men, is Europe’s n:o 1 punk-rock -act. But the end is in sight

DIRECTOR: JUKK A K ÄRKK ÄINEN, J-P PASSI SCRIPT: JUKK A K ÄRKK ÄINEN, J-P PASSI CINEMATOGRAPHY: J-P PASSI EDITING: RIIT TA POIKSELK Ä MUSIC: CONNY MALMQVIST, PERT TI KURIK AN NIMIPÄIVÄT SOUND DESIGN: JØRGEN BERGSUND CAST: PERT TI KURIK AN NIMIPÄIVÄT -THE BAND (PERT TI KURIKK A, K ARI AALTO, SAMI HELLE, TONI VÄLITALO) PRODUCER: SAMI JAHNUK AINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: MOUK A FILMI (FIN) CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MAGIC HOUR FILMS (DK), INDIE FILM (NOR), AUTO IMAGES (SWE), FILM I SK ÅNE (SWE) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, DANISH FILM INSTITIUTE, NORWEGIAN FILM INSTITIUTE, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, THE FINNISH MUSIC FOUNDATION, THE CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION, NORDISK FILM & TV FUND, CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, SVT, DR, NRK, RUV, CHANNEL 8 DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: B-PLAN

JUKKA KÄRKKÄINEN has been making documentary films since 2003. He is the co-founder of Mouka Filmi production company.

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J-P PASSI has been working as a cinematographer since his graduation in 2000. In addition to shooting films, he also works as a screenwriter and director in both feature and documentary productions.


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SACRED PYHÄ

GIRON FILMI OY FINNISH PREMIERE: JANUARY 26, 2017 DCP | 16:9 | 74’

Is a human sacred? Is the Earth sacred? Is power sacred? Is the Temple Holy? Is Mother Holy?

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DIRECTORS: ANASTASIA LAPSUY, JOHANNES LEHMUSK ALLIO, MARKKU LEHMUSK ALLIO SCRIPT: ANASTASIA LAPSUY, MARKKU LEHMUSK ALLIO CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOHANNES LEHMUSK ALLIO MUSIC: ANNA-K AISA LIEDES, MART TI TURUNEN, TOBIA HUME, HENRYK GÓRECKI, JANAWIRI YLPARRK A, MARK ATKINS, ANASTASIA LAPSUY ANIMATION: SANNA-MARI PIRKOLA SOUND DESIGN: MART TI TURUNEN PRODUCER: MARKKU LEHMUSK ALLIO PRODUCTION COMPANY: GIRON FILMI OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK, KMS FINANCING TV COMPANY: YLE

JOHANNES LEHMUSKALLIO has worked in different areas of film industry since 1994. ANASTASIA LAPSUY has been writing scripts since 1966 and directed films since 1991. MARKKU LEHMUSKALLIO has been working in film industry since 1966.


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A small and stubborn Bulgarian village on the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is deciding on future of Europe. The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries due to its location, has found itself in the middle of a European crisis; at night, asylum seekers sneak passed the border, causing fear and unrest. Once again the sleepy and forgotten village has become the most important secret loophole of Europe. Ivan, the local postman, has a new political vision. He decides to run for mayor and revive the dying village by welcoming refugees. His opponents either want to close their eyes or close down the border and reintroduce communism. As the campaign continues, Ivan soon learns that, while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter. DIRECTOR: TONISLAV HRISTOV SCRIPT: TONISLAV HRISTOV & LUBOMIR TSVETKOV CINEMATOGRAPHY: ORLIN RUEVSKI SOUND: MOMCHIL BOZHKOV EDITING: NIKOLAI HARTMANN MUSIC: PETAR DOUNDAKOV PRODUCERS: K AARLE AHO & K AI NORDBERG FINANCED BY: YLE, AVEK, BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTER, THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: MAKING MOVIES OY INTERNATIONAL SALES: CAT&Docs ( WWW.CATNDOCS.COM)

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TONISLAV HRISTOVis a Bulgarian filmmaker living in Finland since 2001. In 2008, he directed his first documentary Family Fortune for YLE and Bulgarian National Television. His first feature length documentary Rules of Single Life premiered in Finnish cinemas in 2011 and in Bulgarian cinemas in 2012. The film won best documentary award at the Sofia International Film Festival and was shown at many others. The Good Postman premiered at the IDFA feature length competition in 2016 and was selected to the Sundance world documentary competition 2017.


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THERE ISN’T A MORE PEACEFUL WAY TO ENCOUNTER THE WORLD THAN READING. SO LET’S SAVE QUALITY LITERATURE.


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MAAILMAN VIIMEINEN KIRJAKAUPPA OY BAD TASTE LTD. www.btlimited.fi FINNISH PREMIERE: SEPTEMBER 2017 90’

Four Europeans - men and women from different cultures and different fields of art – travel in a mini bus with quality books of world literature through a desert-like landscape to find a distant place where they will establish “the world’s last bookshop”. The isolated place is just perfect for that purpose as the printed books of the world will be much safer there from the termites of the entertainment industry and internet than they are in urban cities.

DIRECTOR: RAX RINNEK ANGAS SCRIPT: RAX RINNEK ANGAS CINEMATOGRAPHY: GORK A GÓMEZ ANDREU EDITING: TUULI KUIT TINEN MUSIC: PASCAL GAIGNE SOUND DESIGN: HEIKKI INNANEN CAST: HANNU-PEKK A BJÖRKMAN, NACHO ANGULO, K AISA KUKKOLA, BORIS KONECZNY PRODUCERS: RAX RINNEK ANGAS PRODUCTION COMPANY: BAD TASTE LTD. CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: SONORA ESTUDIOS (SPAIN) PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: CINEMANSE / HANNA LAJUNEN INTERNATIONAL SALES: OY BAD TASTE LTD, SONORA ESTUDIOS

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RAX RINNEKANGAS 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 six long feature films and about 20 long documentaries on the arts, modern music and architecture. As an author, he has published novels in France, Spain, Germany and Finland.


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MATKAPUHELIMEN TARINA

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THE STORY OF A MOBILE PHONE

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DCP | 16:9 | 52’ & 90’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: FIRST HAND FILMS www.firsthandfilms.com

Once upon a time there was a large Finnish company called Nokia that manufactured the world’s best and most innovative mobile phones. Nokia’s annual budget was larger than that of the Government of Finland and their phones spread everywhere and changed the whole culture of communication. But then something changed. Film portrays the rise and fall of Nokia and the Finnish mobile phone industry. Nokia engineers, designers and managers tell their story about the creation, success and downfall of the Finnish mobile phone.

DIRECTOR: ARTO KOSKINEN SCRIPT: ARTO KOSKINEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: PINI HELLSTEDT F.S.C. EDITING: JOONA LOUHIVUORI MUSIC: TAPANI RINNE PRODUCERS: MARIANNE MÄKELÄ, JOUKO AALTONEN, VENLA HELLSTEDT PRODUCTION COMPANY: ILLUME LTD. OY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, AVEK DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA SLATE FUNDING FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE, NRK INTERNATIONAL SALES: FIRST HAND FILMS

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ARTO KOSKINEN gained a Master of Arts in Directing and Screenwriting from University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Since 2003 he has worked as a Senior Lecturer for Screenwriting and directing in Tampere Polytechnic University of Applied sciences. Koskinen has completed 15 films, including cinema documentaries and fiction films for TV and cinema.


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THE UNFORGIVEN KINOCOMPANY FINNISH PREMIERE: APRIL 2017

DCP | 1.85:1 | 80’ INTERNATIONAL SALES: CAT & DOCS www.catndocs.com

Is it possible for a war criminal to reconcile with the past? How do you find your way back to a “normal” life once you’ve been convicted of one of the worst crimes of all – a crime against humanity? Esad Landzo has been searching for the answer for many years, but in vain. He’s decided to make one last attempt.

DIRECTORS: LARS FELDBALLE-PETERSEN SCRIPT: LARS FELDBALLE-PETERSEN CINEMATOGRAPHY: JARKKO VIRTANENI EDITING: MAT TI NÄRÄNEN MUSIC: JARI “YARI” KNUUTINEN SOUND DESIGN: JANNE LAINE PRODUCER: ARI MATIK AINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY: KINOCOMPANY PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, THE CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION, YLE, DR, EACEA (EUROPEAN COMMISSION, CREATIVE EUROPE) FINANCING TV COMPANIES: YLE DISTRIBUTION IN FINLAND: KINOCOMPANY INTERNATIONAL SALES: CAT & DOCS

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LARS FELDBALLE-PETERSEN is a Danish documentarian, who has directed two international award-winning documentaries, “The Battle on Chemicals” (2008) and “My happy Life as a Vegetable” (2013). Additionally, he is the director and producer of more than 25 years of extensive catalog of national and international documentaries. Among selected titles are “Crossing the Line,” “The innocent victims”, “Bloody Diamonds” and “And after the torture.”


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AFTER 25 YEARS, A WAR CRIMINAL GOES BACK TO MEET HIS VICTIMS.

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“MY FATHER WENT TO FIGHT FOR PEACE, BUT BROUGHT WAR HOME, INSTEAD.”

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SODAN MURTAMAT

FILMIMAA LTD. FINNISH PREMIERE: 18.9.2016 HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DCP | 1.85:1 | 82’

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The Wages of War is a creative documentary about the young men who were sent to fight for Finland, but later, as fathers, brought the war back home. This is the story told by their children. During the 1941-1944 war against the Soviet Union 15700 Finnish men were taken to military psychiatric wards. After the war the hospitals were closed and the deeply traumatized men returned to their families. Thousands of children were forced to listen to their fathers’ shocking wartime experiences. Many men could not bring back their good selves when the war was over. The progeny of these fierce fighters want to know the truth about the violence, shame and alcoholism of their fathers in order not to be destroyed by it themselves. The film is a journey to forgiveness and redemption.

DIRECTOR: TIMO KORHONEN SCRIPT: TIMO KORHONEN CINEMATOGRAPHER: JAN NYMAN SOUND DESIGN: KIRK A SAINIO EDITING: TUULI KUIT TINEN MUSIC: KIRK A SAINIO PRODUCER: MARKKU TUURNA / FILMIMAA LTD. FINANCED BY: THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, YLE, AVEK, CHURCH MEDIA FUND, FINLAND 100 YEARS – PROJECT CHANNEL: YLE

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TIMO KORHONEN (b. 1954) is a film director and Doctor of Arts. He has directed documentaries since 1990. His most important documentaries are Client Number 2, Crucified Freedom and Home Sweet Home. Korhonen has also worked as a film commissioner in AVEK. His doctoral dissertation deals with the ethics practiced in Finnish documentary film.


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OTTO SUURONEN ADVISOR, SHORT FILMS otto.suuronen@ses.fi +358 9 6220 3019

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98 An Autobiography Angry Hamster Au Pair Beta Male 99 Ceiling Cold Storage Dance On Thin Ice The Dijon Story Fantasy 100 Fucking Bunnies The Glass Pearl A Halt Mandatory Swedish Might 101 Mixteip – The Greatest Tape Ever Told Napoli Film No Connection Only Pussies Screw Papulabox

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102 Sexy as Hell Sore Eyes for Infinity Sound From The Deep Spring Dance Studies on The Ecology of Drama


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FINNISH SHORT FILMS AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY MARI MANTELA FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 36’ Anja is a woman who knows everything about cars but nothing of herself. INLAND FILM COMPANY | KLAUS HEYDEMANN | WWW.INLAND.FI

ANGRY HAMSTER ANTTI HEIKKI PESONEN FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 14’ Tomi, who still lives at home, is celebrating his 23rd birthday with only his mum for company. HELSINKI-FILMI | MIIA HAAVISTO | WWW.HELSINKIFILMI.FI

AU PAIR TATU POHJAVIRTA & MARK STÅHLE FINLAND | 2017 | ANIMATION | 13’ Woman becomes an au pair for a single man’s cardboard family. INDIEFILMS OY | TATU POHJAVIRTA & TOMI RIIONHEIMO | WWW.INDIEFILMS.FI

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BETA MALE MARJA PYYKKÖ FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 8’ Pekka is sick and tired of being the masculine dominance in his relationship. TACK FILMS OY | MELLI MAIKKULA | WWW.TACKFILMS.FI


CEILING TEPPO AIRAKSINEN FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 15’

TACK FILMS OY | JOHN LUNDSTEN | WWW.TACKFILMS.FI

COLD STORAGE THOMAS FREUNDLICH FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION, DANCE | 9’

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Olavi is a man on the brink of divorce. Also, the ceiling of his summer cottage is coming down.

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Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. LUMIKINOS PRODUCTION OY | WWW.LUMIKINOSPRODUCTION.COM

DANCE ON THIN ICE PV LEHTINEN FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 30’ A dream-like story where two young strangers, a boy and a refugee girl, meet under unusual circumstances. CINEPARADISO | PV LEHTINEN | WWW.CINEPARADISO.FI

THE DIJON STORY MIKKO MYLLYLAHTI FINLAND, GERMANY | 2016 | FICTION | 9’ The Dijon Story dives with unexpected consequences into the life of four Finnish hipsters in Berlin. HILLSTREAM PICTURES | NIKLAS KULLSTRÖM | CONTACT@HILLSTREAM.FI

A country boy doesn’t want to eat potatoes. He wants something more exotic IT’S ALIVE FILMS | JANI PÖSÖ | WWW.ITSALIVE.FI

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FANTASY TEEMU NIKKI FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 8’


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FUCKING BUNNIES TEEMU NIUKKANEN FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 17’

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Raimo’s comfy middle class bubble is burst when a satan worshipping sex cult moves in next door. ELOKUVAYHTIÖ KOMEETTA OY | DANIEL KUITUNEN, TERO TAMMINEN, KAISLA VIITALA | WWW.KOMEETTAFILMI.FI

THE GLASS PEARL TOMMI SEITAJOKI FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 15’ A 12-year-old boy plunders garbage cans in a suburb. He is searching for something that gives him a reward KINOPRODUCTION OY | CLAES OLSSON | WWW.KINOPRODUCTION.FI

A HALT PIA ANDELL FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 6’ A small film on communication – either there is too little of it, or it’s too late. OF COURSE MY FILMS | PIA ANDELL | WWW.OF-COURSE-MY-FILMS-OY.TEKEE.FI

MANDATORY SWEDISH NIKLAS LINDGREN FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 12’ Speaking Swedish is a pain in the ass. TACK | JOHN LUNDSTEN | WWW.TACKFILMS.FI

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MIGHT EMIL SALLINEN FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 9’ Maryam, a rebel leader in a post-apocalyptic world governed by a ruthless religion, is determined to prove that a huge metallic object hovering in the sky is not a god. CLUTCH PRODUCTIONS | EMIL SALLINEN | WWW.CLUTCH.FI


MIXTEIP – THE GREATEST TAPE EVER TOLD TEEMU ÅKE FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 7’

OSUUSKUNTA KORPIPAJA | MERI-ELLEN PYSTYNEN | WWW.KORPIPAJA.FI

NAPOLI FILM SEPPO RENVALL FINLAND | 2017 | DOCUMENTARI | 25’

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Mixteip is a story about memories, heart-break and nostalgia told through the eyes of a c-cassette.

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An urban symphony composed of everyday images of life in Napoli, where different aspects of humanity and culture live side by side and inside each other. EX-PROFESSO | KUKKA-MAARIA VUORIKOSKI | WWW.EXPROFESSO.FI

NO CONNECTION RISTO-PEKKA BLOM FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 15’ Falling down due to a personal tragedy may save a person from themselves. Matti has drifted into a double life, unable of taking responsibility for his actions and their effects on those close to him. MEDIAPORRAS OY | ARTO KOSKINEN, JUHA SIIRTOLA, VILLE RISSANEN | SHORTFILMS@MEDIAPORRAS.COM

ONLY PUSSIES SCREW JUHA LANKINEN FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 19’ 11-year old Make hates being a kid. He leads his friends on a journey to see a real live pussy. Then little brother Konsta tags along. Will Make find what he’s looking for? And just what is that pussy exactly? SILVA MYSTERIUM | NIKO RITALAHTI & MIKA RITALAHTI | WWW.SILVAMYSTERIUM.FI

PapulaBOX is a happy and colorful dance adventure in the world of geometry and imagination. HATTARA PROJEKTI | HATTARA FILMS | MARIA JÄNNES, KIMMO KOSKELA | WWW.HATTARAPRO.COM

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PAPULABOX KIMMO KOSKELA FINLAND | 2017 | DANCE FILM, CHILDREN | 22’


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SEXY AS HELL KIMMO TAAVILA FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 9’

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When an accounting company moves, it’s CEO gets an opportunity to display her awesome management skills. FILMIMAA LTD | MARKKU TUURNA | WWW.FILMIMAA.FI

SORE EYES FOR INFINITY ELLI VUORINEN FINLAND | 2016 | ANIMATION | 12’ An optician’s workday is filled by a line of extraordinary customers. One by one, she has to witness them use the optical equipments she sold to them in suspicious ways. PYJAMA FILMS OY | TERHI VÄÄNÄNEN | WWW.PYJAMA.FI

SOUND FROM THE DEEP JOONAS ALLONEN & ANTTI LAAKSO FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 29’ An international research group is searching for natural resources from the Arctic Ocean. A journey to unknown. TWISTED FILMS OY | JUPE LOUHELAINEN & KIMMO SILLANMIKKO | WWW.TWISTEDFILMS.FI

SPRING DANCE SALLA SORRI FINLAND | 2017 | FICTION | 15’ A story about a girl who wants to be the center of attention and about her mother who would prefer to hide. HELSINKI-FILMI OY | ANNIKA SUCKSDORFF | WWW.HELSINKIFILMI.FI

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STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA EIJA-LIISA AHTILA FINLAND | 2017 | 27’ Studies on the Ecology of Drama - a path to the company of other living beings. CRYSTAL EYE – KRISTALLISILMÄ OY | ILPPO POHJOLA | WWW.CRYSTALEYE.FI


TOMATO HANNA MAYLETT FINLAND | 2016 | FICTION | 8’

DOUBLE BACK DOCUMENTARIES | SAARA HELENE MURTO | WWW.DOUBLEBACK.FI

WORMHOLE TURUN ANIKISTIT FINLAND | 2016 | ANIMATION | 13’

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An actress Kati gets a role of a lifetime as a tomato – the consequences are unexpected.

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Vienna 1914. Otto finds a wormhole into another dimension. It drives his mental health and relationship with Emma into ruins. They both end up seeking help from Freud’s couch. TWISTED FILMS OY | JUPE LOUHELAINEN & KIMMO SILLANMIKKO | WWW.TWISTEDFILMS.FI

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AKI KAURISMÄKI Aki Kaurismäki is a writer, director, editor and producer, a filmmaker highly respected both in Finland and internationally. Please arrange the retrospective of Aki Kaurismäki’s films with The Finnish Film Foundation, Sputnik and Match Factory. For more information, please contact The Finnish Film Foundation.

FILMS OF AKI KAURISMÄKI AVAILABLE FOR RETROSPECTIVES CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (RIKOS JA RANGAISTUS, 1983), 94’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM); EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN: 35MM AND DCP

LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA (1989), 78’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

CALAMARI UNION (1985), 82’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL (TULITIKKUTEHTAAN TYTTÖ, 1989), 69’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM); EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

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SHADOWS IN PARADISE (VARJOJA PARATIISISSA, 1986), 75’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER (1990), 80’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

HAMLET GOES BUSINESS (HAMLET LIIKEMAAILMASSA, 1987), 90’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

LA VIE DE BOHÈME (BOHEEMIELÄMÄÄ 1991), 63’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

ARIEL (1988), 73’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW (1993), 57’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP


LENINGRAD COWBOYS MEET MOSES (1993), 92’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP DRIFTING CLOUDS (KAUAS PILVET KARKAAVAT, 1996), 96’ SUBTITLES: EN, FR (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

ALWAYS BE HUMAN (OO AINA IHMINEN, 1996), 5‘ AVAILABLE IN 35MM DOGS HAVE NO HELL (2002), 10’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM SUBTITLES: EN BICO (2004), 5’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN (DCP) THE FOUNDRY (VALIMO, 2007), 3’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN (DCP)

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCARF, TATJANA (PIDÄ HUIVISTA KIINNI, TATJANA; 1993), 65’ SUBTITLES: EN, FR (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

JUHA (1999), 78’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST (MIES VAILLA MENNEISYYTTÄ, 2002), 97’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP LIGHTS IN THE DUSK (LAITAKAUPUNGIN VALOT, 2006), 80’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM); EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP LE HAVRE (2011), 93’ SUBTITLES: EN (35MM), EN, ES, DE, FR, SV (DCP) AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

SHORTS ROCK’Y VI (1986), 9’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP THRU THE WIRE (1987), 6’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

THOSE WERE THE DAYS (1991), 5’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP THESE BOOTS (1992), 5’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION JENNI DOMINGO JENNI.DOMINGO@SES.FI +358 9 6220 3032 SPUTNIK: SPUTNIK@SPUTNIK.FI TEL. +358 50 573 5692 THE MATCH FACTORY: INFO@MATCHFACTORY.DE TEL. +49 221 539 709-0

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RICH LITTLE BITCH (1987), 6’ AVAILABLE IN 35MM AND DCP

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MIKA KAURISMÄKI Mika Kaurismäki’s first film LIAR (1980) was an overnight sensation. Since then Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries. His older films are now available for retrospectives in digital form. They are available via Marianna Films and The Finnish Film Foundation.

THE FILMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM ARE THE LIAR (VALEHTELIJA, 1981), 53’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

CHA CHA CHA (1989), 91’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

THE WORTHLESS (ARVOTTOMAT, 1982), 105’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

PAPER STAR (PAPERITÄHTI, 1989), 91’ AVAILABLE IN HD, BLU-RAY SUBTITLES: EN

JACKPOT 2 (1982), 35’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

ZOMBIE AND THE GHOST TRAIN (ZOMBIE JA KUMMITUSJUNA, 1991), 90’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

THE CLAN (KLAANI, 1984), 120’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

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ROSSO (1985), 76’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN HELSINKI NAPOLI ALL NIGHT LONG (1987), 105’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

THE LAST BORDER (1993), 105’ AVAILABLE IN HD, BLU-RAY SUBTITLES: NONE (LANGUAGE: EN) TIGRERO – A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE (1994), 75’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN BRASILEIRINHO (2005) 105’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN


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THREE WISE MEN (KOLME VIISASTA MIESTÄ, 2008), 105’ AVAILBLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN THE HOUSE OF BRANCHING LOVE (HAARAUTUVAN RAKKAUDEN TALO, 2009), 102‘ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN MAMA AFRICA (2010), 105’ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN HOMECOMING (ELÄMÄLTÄ KAIKEN SAIN, 2015), 105‘ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN THE GIRL KING (TYTTÖKUNINGAS, 2015), 108‘ AVAILABLE IN DCP SUBTITLES: EN

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION JENNI DOMINGO JENNI.DOMINGO@SES.FI

YELLOW AFFAIR +358 50 548 1851 MIIRA@YELLOWAFFAIR.COM

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PIRJO HONKASALO Pirjo Honkasalo is a highly established director, cinematographer and screenwriter who has won countless awards for her work. A selection of her works are being digitized and will soon be available for organizing retrospectives. Please contact The Finnish Film Foundation for more information.

THE FOLLOWING FILMS FROM PIRJO HONKASALO WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM 2017-2018 TANJUSKA AND THE 7 DEVILS (TANJUSKA JA 7 PERKELETTÄ, 1993), 80’ ATMAN (1997), 76’ FIRE EATER (TULENNIELIJÄ, 1998), 99’

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THE 3 ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA (MELANCHOLIAN KOLME HUONETTA, 2004), 106’ ITO (2009), 111’ FLAME TOP (TULIPÄÄ, 1980), 145’ DACAPO (1985), 110’

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT MARJA PALLASSALO OR JENNI DOMINGO OF THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION MARJA PALLASSALO MARJA.PALLASSALO@SES.FI TEL. +358 9 6220 3021 JENNI DOMINGO JENNI.DOMINGO@SES.FI TEL. +358 9 6220 3032


EIJA-LIISA AHTILA / ILPPO POHJOLA

THE FOLLOWING FILMS FROM EIJALIISA AHTILA WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM IN 2017

THE FOLLOWING FILMS AVAILABLE FROM ILPPO POHJOLA WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM IN 2017

THE HOUR OF PRAYER (RUKOUSHETKI, 2009), 16’

ROUTEMASTER – THEATRE OF THE MOTOR (1999), 3X17’

WHERE IS WHERE (MISSÄ ON MISSÄ?, 2008), 56’

ASPHALTO – AN ARIA FOR 13 CARS, GIRLS & GAS STATIONS (1998), 45’:

LOVE IS A TREASURE (RAKKAUS ON AARRE, 2002), 55’

P(L)AIN TRUTH (1993), 15’

CONSOLATION SERVICE (LOHDUTUSSEREMONIA, 1999), 23’

IF 6 WAS 9 (JOS 6 OLIS 9, 1995/1996), 10’ ME /WE, OKAY, GRAY (1993), 3X90SEC

TOM OF FINLAND - DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY (1991), 55’

PLEASE CONTACT OTTO SUURONEN FOR THE FILMS OF EIJA-LIISA AHTILA AND ILPPO POHJOLA OTTO SUURONEN OTTO.SUURONEN@SES.FI TEL. +358 9 6220 3019 CRYSTAL EYE MAIL@CRYSTALEYE.FI +358 9 694 2308

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TODAY (TÄNÄÄN, 1996), 10’

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Crystal Eye is an Art Film production company, known for internationally acclaimed Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s and Ilppo Pohjola’s work. Her works have been exhibited in museums and biennales (eg.Tate Modern; MoMA NYC; Documenta, Kassel) and in the film festivals (eg. Berlin, Sundance, Venice) around the world. In 2011 she was appointed to the main jury of the Venice Film Festival and in 2013 she was the Chairwoman of the Jury in FIDMarseille. Pohjola is a versatile artist whose films, videos and multimedia installations are awarded and internationally distributed. Their older films will soon be available in digital form for retrospectives. Please contact The Finnish Film Foundation or Crystal Eye for more information.

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