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Albert Edefelt: 1854 - 1905
The film combines Edefelt's life story and artistic output with contemporary elements of Finland´s history.
Houses – Paradises for Ordinary People CD-ROM PC. Fifteen Aalto's one-family houses illustrated by over 600 sketches, plans, photographs, texts, QUICKTIME panoramas etc.
A Bride of the Seventh Heaven(Jumalan Morsian)
Based on true story of the life of the Nenets people living on the Russian tundra. The movie tells a story of a girl chosen to be the bride of god.
2003, 78 min, Directed by Anastasia Lapsui & Markku Lehmuskallio
A Man's Job (Miehen työ)
A story about a man who gets fired from his job and doesn't want to tell his wife about it. He has to take care of his family and puts up an add looking for work as a construction worker. He gets a job, but is what he expected?
2007, 98 min, Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä
Ambush (Rukajärven tie)
Young lieutenant Perkola serving in the Finnish army in the summer of 1941, discovers during the first days of Finnish-Russian continuation war that his fiancée, who serves with the women's auxiliary has been posted to the same location on the front lines. He manages to have her quickly transferred away from the front only to find out that Russian partisans have destroyed the transportation van. With this sad news begins Perkola's personal war.
1999, 117 min, Directed by Olli Saarela
Backwood philosopher (Havukka-ahon ajattelija)
Located in the beautiful Kainuu scenery in North-East Finland Konsta Pylkkänen (Kai Lehtinen) thinks about the universe and its measures on a deep level. When he’s offered a chance to work with real scientists (Hannu-Pekka Björkman and Tommi Korpela) and see how they do their tasks, he accepts the offer. Soon Pylkkänen notices his work is important when a new scientific miracle is discovered.
(109 min, 2009, Kari Väänänen)
Bothered by stage-fright, singer Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki runs away from a gig in Helsinki. One of his old friends does a story on him for a newspaper, and they travel to their former home village in the country. The characters' interaction and memories illustrate the singer's life and feelings.
2000, 103 min, Directed by Markku Pölönen
A woman dulled with praise, Nelli, is well on her way to medical school thanks to her parents, but dreams of a career as a singer. She is desperate to find a demo to show off her talents. Sune is a crude agent who is afraid of women. To show his friends otherwise, he makes a bet that he can get Nelli to sleep with him. His friends don’t believe a beauty like her would be even remotely interested in him. But meanwhile Nelli sees an opportunity to get herself a free demo.
2005, 102 min, Directed by Dome Karukoski
Photographer Sami travels south to Pärnu to find his younger brother Joni and get him back to Finland for treatment. Joni is fatally ill but would rather stay in Estonia enjoying a simple life together with a local girlfriend Rimma and her little baby.
2003, 77 min, Directed by Esa Illi.
The Brothers (Veljekset)
The Brothers is a film by Mika Kaurismäki telling us a story of three men, who have the same father, but different mothers. Once the father (Esko Salminen) turns 70 years, the brothers meet each other after 25 years. While celebrating the birthday, it turns out that Ivar (Kari Heiskanen), Mitja (Timo Torikka) and Torsti (Pertti Sveholm) blame their father for the failures in their lives. The grudges within the family are related to money and women. The Brothers is well acted and directed story about Finnish relationships and their failures.
(89 min, 2011, Mika Kaurismäki)
The Classic (Klassikko)
Author Kari Hotakainen is forced to write an autobiographical diary by his publisher, and to accomplish this, he tries to enter into a manic state somehow more conducive to writing. Based on Kari Hotakainen's 1997 novel.
2001, 80 min, Directed by Kari Väänänen
Dog Nail Clipper (Koirankynnen leikkaaja)
Mertsi, and idealist, went to war as a volunteer and returned crippled. He rebuilds his life with tenacity and his overwhelming idealism transforms itself into a small act - clipping a dog's nails. It becomes an obsession that eventually comes to frustration. The world may bite but life goes on.
2004, 99 min, Directed by Markku Pölönen
Drifting Clouds (Kauas pilvet karkaavat)
Tram driver Lauri loses his job. Shortly after his wife Ilona's restaurant is closed. The story is about how their unbreakable love triumphs over continuous disasters following one another.
1996, 93 min, Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Falling Angels (Putoavia enkeleitä)
Using a fictional device of a daughter that never existed, director Heikki Kujanpää goes to the heart of the marriage between Lauri Viita, a respected Finnish author, with charisma and confidence bordering on arrogance, and an extremely shy talented young poet, Aila Meriluoto. Both had prolific careers becoming icons of Finnish literature. In the film the daughter gradually uncovers the very human shortcomings of Lauri Viita, the father she idolizes and begins to see her mother in a new light. The film title is from a poetry collection by Aila Meriluoto, Beware of Falling Angels.
2008, 96 min, Directed by Heikki Kujanpää
10 Finnish Architects - An outsider's view
Film maker Maggy Fellman has chosen ten Finnish architects to show why the country deserves its fine reputation. Lars Sonck, Kaarina Löfström, Alvar Aalto, Wivi Lönn, Yrjö Lindegren, Kimmo Lintula & Hannu Tikka, Eliel Saarinen, Jyrki Tasa, Carl Ludvig Engel and Theodor Höijer
2003, 10x10 min
Forbidden fruit (Kielletty hedelmä)
Two teen girls from a very restrictive Conservative Laestadian faith community go alone to Helsinki for the first time. There they meet a world that has been forbidden for them.
2009, 98 min, Directed by Dome Karukoski
Frank & Alvar
Frank Gehry talks about why Alvar Aalto has always been his favorite architecht. He and his friend, architect Juhani Pallasmaa, discuss Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Finlandia Hall in Helsinki and the difference between working in Los Angeles and Finland.
Freetime Machos by Mika Ronkainen tackles not only the third worst Rugby team of Finland, facing relegation from their division, but the players, the coach, and their lives. It’s about friendship and male bonding in all its glory and gory. The Northernmost team in the world, Oulu RFC, keeps losing but the players keep playing rugby all the same. This raucous documentary also has its quiet moments, delving into what lies underneath of the sports field machismo.
Garden lovers (Eedenistä pohjoiseen)
Documentary film by Virpi Suutari follows different couples’ lives through their gardening. In the garden couples open up about their love and everyday life. Garden lovers is a touching piece, and the people of the film come really close to the viewer. The film has won Finnish film industry awards, Jussi’s, in the best documentary film and best music categories.
(73 min, 2014, Virpi Suutari)
Gold Fever in Lapland (Lapin kullan kimallus)
Jakob Ervast and Nils Lepistö, two former sailors turned prospectors have a map where X marks the spot. They have learned how to pan for gold in America and hit lucky in Lapland of the late 1800's. News travels fast and gold fever starts spreading... The beautiful scenery of Lapland features in a starring role.
1999, 110 min, Directed by Åke Lindman
Renowned Finnish actress Anneli Sauli plays Martha, who receives an unexpected visit from her calculating granddaughter Emmi. Noora is a sulky teenager conflicted about her relationship with her parents—a bitter but still caring mother and her affectionate but mostly absent father. Olga and Fardusa are immigrant nurses in a hospital dealing with a spate of difficult patients and the snubs of a clique of Finnish coworkers. Anu pours her heart out to a stranger she catches shoplifting in a supermarket. And Meri, oppressed by the attentions of a longed-for lover, discovers that you should be careful what you wish for.
(2010, 88 min, directed by Saara Cantell)
Hellsinki is based on an interview novel describing the old days of one of the most notorious parts of Helsinki, called “Rööperi” in slang. The film is set between 1966 and 1979. Besides the journey of Tomppa and Krisu, the main characters of the film, Hellsinki tells the story of Gypsy Kari, Arska, Biscuit, Uki and a bunch of other bad boys and criminals; it tells of their memorable and unscrupulous journey from crime and poverty to becoming respectable citizens, going to jail – or dying too young. The wrong side of the law is seen through the eyes of Koistinen, a local police officer.
(2009, 133 min, directed by Aleksi Mäkelä)
Helsinki from a hot air balloon
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has produced a short introduction of summertime in Helsinki. The capital of Finland is pictured from above, a hot air balloon. We can see the Cathedral of Helsinki and other major landmarks of central Helsinki.
(6 min, 2004, directed by Joonas Rissanen)
The House of Branching Love (Haarautuvan rakkauden talo)
The House of Branching Love is a story about a thirtysomething couple who end up in a stormy and tragicomic divorce process. The film is based on a novel by Petri Karra, an author and a scriptwriter. The cast includes top Finnish actors such as Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Elina Knihtilä, Kati Outinen, Antti Reini, Tommi Eronen, Irina Björklund and Kari Väänänen.
(103min, 2009, directed by Mika Kaurismäki)
The Interrogation (Kuulustelu)
Kerttu Nuorteva, a Finnish-born Soviet citizen and spy was dropped into Finland by parachute in February 1942. She operated undercover in Helsinki until September 7th when she was arrested after a mistake she had made. The Interrogation is, as the title reveals, the story about her interrogations that were conducted by three consecutive men. At first, they got no results.
(2009, 110 min, directed by Jörn Donner)
ITO - A Diary of an Urban Priest (Seitti - Kilvoittelijan päiväkirja)
Set in Tokyo, Ito – A Diary of an Urban Priest tells the story of Yoshinobu Fujioka, a young Buddhist priest, and his fervent search for the meaning of life amid oppressive dreams, back alleys of the city and the darkness of the human mind. Yoshinobu hears confessions in a women's prison, bars and an old geisha house while the many layers of nocturnal Tokyo and unpredictable memories are twisted into a web that drives people face-to-face with one another. Dreams, reality and fiction are blended in this study of the complexity of the human mind, which takes us on an exploration of memory while facing oneself and encountering others.
(2010, 117 min, directed by Pirjo Honkasalo)
The King - Jari Litmanen (Kuningas Litmanen)
The King - Jari Litmanen is a documentary by Mika Kaurismäki and Arto Koskinen about the king of Finnish soccer, Jari Litmanen. Film gives a versatile image of a man, who loves his sports. In addition to Litmanen, people related to him and his career are interviewed. Documentary gives insights about internationally renowned player, who has affected his fellow players also outside the pitch.
(107 min, 2012, directed by Arto Koskinen)
Kiss me in the Rain (Rakkaudella, Maire)
Middle-aged Maire's husband spends most of his time abroad on business. Alone in their large house, Maire fills her empty life by absorbing other people's tragedies from tabloid newspapers. Obsessed by the story about a young single mother whose husband was killed and the killer got away with it, she befriends the young widow who would rather forget the whole event and go on with her life. Gradually, however, persistent Maire convinces her that the man must be made to pay for what he did.
(1999, 101 min, directed by Veikko Aaltonen)
Kites Over Helsinki (Leijat Helsingin yllä)
Epic tale about two generations of men in a wealthy Finnish Family. The father is director of the family business. The eldest son, hoping to succeed his father, succumbs to drugs. Youngest son grows up under the shadow of his more talented big brother.
2001, 88 min, Directed by Peter Lindholm
Lapland odyssey (Napapiirin sankarit)
Janne, an unemployed slacker of very little action, is not in the habit of getting things right. The simple task of purchasing a digital converter box for the home he shares with his girlfriend Irina is derailed by having a few beers with his friends Kapu and Räisänen. This is the last straw for Irina and Janne is faced with an ultimatum: get a digibox by the next morning or she is leaving. What follows is a Ulyssean quest, only a lot colder than the Mediterranean can ever be.
2010, 92 min, Directed by Dome Karukoski.
Last Cowboy Standing (Skavaböljen pojat)
Rupert and Evert, two lively young boys, have to face the break-up of their parents and cope with the frailties of the adults in their lives.
2009, 118 min, Directed by Zaida Bergroth
Located in Northern French town of Le Havre, a shoe polisher called Marcel (André Wilms) finds himself taking care of a young illegal immigrant kid (Blondin Miguel). With some help from his friends, he works to get the boy to his final destination, London, while he also worries about his ill wife (Kati Outinen). Le Havre is a comfortable and warm film that has received 15 industry awards from different parts of the world. It is directed by one of the most renowned and appreciated directors in Finland, Aki Kaurismäki.
(95 min, 2011, directed by Aki Kaurismäki)
The Living Room of the Nation (Kansakunnan olohuone)
The Living Room of the Nation opens a poetic, portrait-like view into six Finnish living rooms. The film is a story of changes, loneliness, responsibilities and the unavoidable passing of time.
A Lone Star Hotel (Yhden tähden hotelli)
A documentary by Ari Matikainen about one of the most famous live dance musicians, Jorma Kääriäinen and his band, Agents, follows the touring band. The film shows us also the more sensitive side of Kääriäinen in addition to the charismatic entertainer. A Lone Star Hotel describes the musical career and Kääriäinen’s dreams coming true in Finland and United States.(77 min, 2007, directed by Ari Matikainen)
The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä)
The film follows a man who gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly putting his life back on track.
2002, 93 min, Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Miss Blue Jeans (Miss Farkku-Suomi)
Miss Blue Jeans is a film directed by Matti Kinnunen and it is based on a novel by Kauko Röyhkä, a renowned Finnish musician and author. Located in Northern Finnish town in the 1970’s, the film is a coming-to-age story about Välde (Mikko Neuvonen), who is in love with the prettiest girl in class, Pike (Sanni Kurkisuo), and music that sounds like Lou Reed or Velvet Underground.(86 min, 2012, Matti Kinnunen)
The New Man (Uusi ihminen)
A new society is developing in Sweden in 1951, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak. Gertrud is a 17 year old girl from a very poor family. Against her will, she is committed to a work home for young women
2007, 104 min, direced by Klaus Härö
The Novelist (Päätalo)
The movie follows the life of Kalle Päätalo, a beloved Finnish author, his desire to become an author, his doubts of his skills to write and the long process finally leading to the publication of his first novel in 1958.
2008, 103 min, Directed by Hannu Karakorpi
One-way ticket to Mombasa (Menolippu Mombasaan)
Pete, a 17-year-old ordinary school boy, suddenly loses his consciousness. The diagnosis is tough: the doctor cannot say for sure whether Pete will live to see his 18th birthday. On the hospital ward Pete gets Jusa for a roommate, a master of black humour. One night, encouraged by Jusa’s 18th birthday vodka, the boys decide to take night leave. Jusa has a fixation to see the hot beaches of Mombasa before he might die. Pete instead wants to go and confess his love to Kata - his dream girl from school.
2002, 88 min, directed by Hannu Tuomainen
Overseas Under Your Skin (Maata meren alla)
The movie is about a woman, Ida, adopted to Finland as a child, who sets out for Berlin in order to find a job. Meanwhile, her mother gets seriously ill, but she doesn't mention it to Ida. Ida wants to have a life of her own, but what will she have left at the end of the day?
2009, 81 min, Directed by Lenka Hellstedt
The story of Anna Lappalainen (Katja Küttner), who was taken into mental asylum. Anna lives in a delirium where she is a royal princess. The film is a soft narrative based on a true story about a person, who radiated her community with warmth and love.
(103 min, 2010, Arto Halonen)
Purge is a film based on an awarded novel by Sofi Oksanen. Its themes are among the schisms of the Estonian history during 1920’s and 1990’s. When Zara (Amanda Pilke), who is running away from prostitution, appears in old Aliide Truu’s (Liisi Tandefelt) home, starts Aliide think back to her own youth and life with her sister Ingel (Krista Kosonen) and Ingel’s patriotic husband, Hans (Peter Franzen). Young Aliide (Laura Birn) faced persecution during time when Estonia was under Soviet Union’s ruling.(125 min, 2012, Antti J. Jokinen)
Return to Plainlands (Lakeuden kutsu)
Erkki Hakala returns home from America to claim back what belongs to him: his wife and his place in the community. But easier said than done.
2000, 94 min, Directed by Ilkka Vanne
Rollo and the Woods Sprite (Rölli ja metsänhenki)
Nice goblins are scared of the horrible Rölli-tribe and run away. One of them, Milli, quietly befriends Rölli. Meanwhile their tribes start a war, and it's up to Milli and Rölli to stop them.
2001, 85 min, Directed by Olli Saarela
Run Sister Run (Sisko tahtoisin jäädä)
Emilia is a teenager and a good girl, who never forgets her homework or her little sister, Elsa. Siiri is just one year older than Emilia but not at all like her. When Emilia and Siiri become friends, Emilia's life changes. Siiri encourages her to take a leap, shake the rules and leave princess dreams behind. These two will have fun together, but not only good times.
2010, 112 min, directed by Marja Pyykkö
A film about the great man of Finnish classical music during the change of 19th and 20th century. That was time when Sibelius composed some of his greatest pieces. The life of Jean Sibelius (Martti Suosalo and Heikki Nousiainen) was colored with various obstacles, wild artist life with like-minded friends and love towards Aino Järnefelt (Miina Turunen and Seela Sella).
(105 min, 2003, directed by Timo Koivusalo)
The final spring of the Finnish war against Russia in 1944. Right behind the lines there is an evacuation centre for the fallen. Dead soldiers are collected there to be sent home. Eino (Joonas Saartamo) together with his friend Antti (Lauri Tilkanen) begins his service in a unit where a few women and men carry a heavy and demanding task. Eino is full of heroic ideals, but life in a small community proves to be more complicated than war.
2011, 110 min, directed by Sakari Kirjavainen
Screaming men (Huutajat)
A fascinating insight into John Peel's favourite Scandinavian band MIESKUORO HUUTAJAT, better known as the Screaming Men. Thirty men in black suits and rubber ties shouting national anthems, children's songs and excerpts from the Treaty of Europe, while upsetting the French government, and bemusing German reporters with their absurdity.
The Swedish moment (Ruotsalainen hetki)
Kari Lampikallio (Tommi Korpela) is a pop singer, who has a jealous wife and a dead body in the trunk of his car. When friends from the old band are asked for help, old issues rise up and it’s time to solve year old fights.
(75 min, 2014, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Minna Haapkylä, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela, Teemu Kaskinen)
Terra Cognita CD-ROM
More than one hundred unique historical maps from the explorer A.E. Nordenskiöld's collection
Things We Do for Love (Kaikella rakkaudella)
Things We Do for Love is located in Lapland, where photographer Toivo (Sampo Sarkola) is working when he meets a young mother Ansa (Krista Kosonen). Things get complicated when Ansa’s ex boyfriend Ismo (Tommi Korpela) shows up.
(96 min, 2013, Matti Ijäs)
The Tough Ones (Häjyt)
A story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. After released from jail (bank robbery), the third man involved in the robbery, but not convicted, has become a policeman. He tries to help his friends but the road seems to lead back to jail.
1999, 100 min, Directed by Aleksi Mäkelä
Tommy and the Wild Cat (Poika ja ilves)
Tommy moves to a small Lapp village with his father. He gradually falls under the spell of his new surroundings. A dramatic series of events begins when he sets free and tries to protect a lynx that was about to be sold to a zoo.
1998, 97 min, Directed by Raimo O. Niemi
Twisted roots (Väärät juuret)
Twisted roots is a film by Saara Saarela about a family living in northern Finland. The father (Pertti Sveholm) has been diagnosed with a serious genetic disease. The mother (Milka Ahlroth) is having problems with her mother and creditor. Their older daughter, Pihla (Emma Louhivuori), wants to start adulthood and move in with her friends. Younger daughter, adopted Lumi (Silva Robbins), tries to find her own roots through escape tunnel. When father’s son (Niko Saarela) from the previous marriage suddenly arrives to help the family after father’s condition became worse, family members start revealing their secrets.(98 min, 2009, Saara Saarela)
Where we once walked (Missä kuljimme kerran)
Film about humanity and love in the middle of a nation's turmoil. In the beginning of the 20th century Helsinki was actually two different towns; idyllic luxury of the rich and higher class and slums of the poor workforce. Story goes through decades and follows how time, place and social class both unite people and drive them apart.
120 min, 2011, directed by Kjell Westö