Matti Grönberg & Pekka Karjalainen – Mr. Hayhill and Lion Wind Vane (2011) (HD)

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During the Finnish war (1808-09) a bandit Jeppe Antinpoika robs a treasure belonging to the King of Sweden. A bag of gems is hidden behind the stove and left there for two hundred years. A city girl Aurora comes to visit her country relative, the original Mr Hayhill. His neighbour, the baker Kakelberg is not doing so good – his house seems to be haunted and his baking business has been sabotaged. One evening Aurora runs into a mysterious sneaker in the baker´s cellar. Aurora and Mr Hayhill start solving the mystery of the baker’s house. Continue reading

Aki Kaurismäki – Total Balalaika Show [+ Extras] (1994)

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Description: On June 12, 1993, Audience of 70.000 people witnessed a historical event on the Senate Square in Helsinki. Leningrad Cowboys performed for the first time together with the 100 singers, 40 musicians and 20 dancers of the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble, on the biggest stage ever seen in Finland. The programme included rock classics from “Happy Together” and “Delilah” to “Gimme All Your Lovin” and “Knocking On Heaven`s Door”, as well as traditional hits from the Ensemble`s own repertoire.

From the beginning to the end, the concert was a roaring success. Aki Kaurismäki and his crew filmed the event. TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW is a documentary on the concert, and extraordinary, unforgettable encounter of the old and the new, of East and West.
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Tatu Pohjavirta – Collected Shorts of Tatu Pohjavirta (1999 – 2005)

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This is some absolutely gorgeous animation. Not all of the shorts on here are top-notch, but nearly all are worth viewing – especially Reflector, a short which is easily worth the entire torrent all by itself. I put this collection up there with Blood Tea and Red String in terms of stop-motion quality, even if this guy appears to me much, much less well known. Some of the other shorts are just kind of weird (Virtavalta, I’m looking at you! Extremely short and literally just like a buff man busting into a house Kool-Aid-Man style) but even that one is charming in it’s own way and I think that a lot of people should watch it!

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Aki Kaurismäki – Likaiset kädet AKA Dirty Hands (1989)

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Aki Kaurismäki is a cult and prolific Finnish filmmaker known for his offbeat, deadpan style. One of cinema’s great humanists, his films explore the misfortunes of the misfits and disaffected of Helsinki with great affection and droll, sometimes black, humour.
Although influenced by filmmakers such as Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel and Jim Jarmusch, Kaurismaki has a distinctive cinematic style of his own, recognisable by his spare, economical visuals, eclectic soundtracks of vintage rock and pop and use of a regular troupe of actors, including Kati Outinen, Marko Peltola & Matti Pellonpaa… and dogs. Continue reading