Finland

Markku Lehmuskallio – Korpinpolska AKA The Raven’s Dance (1980)

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With a keen sense of visual beauty, director Markku Lehmuskallio has created a thought-provoking, aesthetic film about a married couple and an old man living in a remote part of Finland. The young husband goes out hunting but only to support himself and his wife, not to kill off hordes of animals. He sets traps, and that gets him in trouble with the police who proceed to ticket him for using the devices. The forest cycles themselves are intimated when an old tree is shown falling to earth — perhaps a reflection on the old man’s passing years. In contrast to these few people living off the land and basically keeping the ecological balance intact, a highway construction crew is shown at work felling trees. Soon the antagonism grows between encroaching civilization and the quiet life of the young couple and elderly man. Read More »

Juho Kuosmanen – Hytti nro 6 AKA Compartment No. 6 (2021)

As a train weaves its way up to the arctic circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life. Read More »

Petri Kotwica – Musta jää AKA Black Ice (2007)

Musta jää (Black Ice) has won the Jussi for Best Film of 2007. The film directed and written by Petri Kotwica managed to collect six of the 15 ‘Finnish Oscars’. The prestigious awards were presented in Helsinki during the traditional annual Jussi gala on Sunday night. Read More »

Juuso Laatio & Jukka Vidgren – Hevi reissu AKA Heavy Trip (2018)

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Turo is stuck in a small village and the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. He and his bandmates have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway — the promoter for a huge heavy metal music festival — and decide it’s now or never. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a new drummer to make their dreams a reality. Read More »

Olli Saarela – Rukajärven Tie aka Ambush (1999)

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It is the summer of 1941 and the Finnish army has been mobilized along the border with Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola is waiting for orders to go on the offensive. The platoon receives orders for a recon mission through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for possible Russian defensive positions. When the platoon rests in a newly conquered village Lt. Perkola meets his fiancee Kaarina Vainikainen, who is serving in the Women’s Auxilary Corps (Lotta). The platoon continues with the mission, but after some time a terrible message reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become totally indifferent to his and his platoon’s safety during the remainder of the mission. Read More »

J.-P. Valkeapää – Koirat eivät käytä housuja AKA Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (2019)

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The story follows Juha – a successful neurosurgeon – who develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona, following a tragic event in his life that has left him emotionally paralyzed. His dangerous addiction to suffocation is reciprocated by Mona leading them both down a wild and crazy path towards emotional enlightenment. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is a darkly humorous story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being. Read More »

Maija Blåfield – The Fantastic (2020)

North Korean exiles reminisce their first impressions of watching forbidden foreign films. Read More »