Finnish Documentary Film Festival 26th–28th March 2012, Evald Cinema, Prague
The Scandinavian House Scandinavian House presents a unique festival of the contemporary Finnish documentary film, which will be held from 26th to 28th March 2012 in Evald Cinema in Prague. During these the three festival days, a total of 15 films will be screened, including short as well as full-length movies. None of them has been presented in the Czech Republic so far.
The programme offers films by award winning directors as well as experimental works by little-known artists. All the films have been made during the last few years. They document modern Finland with its specialities, problems, absurdities and peculiar poetics both in serious and humorous light. The common themes of the films are family life, relationships and fates of children on the threshold of the new millennium, the clash between remote lands and demands of modern civilisation, and sport as a passion, hobby, social activity as well as a metaphor for human life.
The festival audience should definitely not miss the film Forever Yours about children in foster care, which won the Jussi award for the best Finnish documentary film in 2012. Big Boy is another film by the same director that will be screened at the festival. This work follows the steps of a young boy and his family in his first year of school.
Reindeerspotting – Escape from Santaland offers a unique and authentic view to the world of drug addicts in Rovaniemi, Lapland. In a totally different light, the film Salla – Selling the Silence shows Lapland as a promised land of mass tourism. Both of these films have been nominated for the best Finnish documentary film during the last two years.
Besides the documentaries, meetings with the Finnish directors Mia Halme, Tuija Halttunen and Aimo Hyvärinen and a lecture on contemporary Finnish documentary films given by professor Iikka Vehkalahti from the University of Tampere, will be held as the festival accompanying events.
All the films will be screened with the original Finnish soundtrack and with Czech subtitles.
The Penalty Box (A. Franck, O. Forsten, 8 min)
The Skiers (J. Webster, 11 min)
Freetime Machos (M. Ronkainen, 83 min)
War (S. Helke, V. Suutari, 5 min)
Home Away from Home (M. Väisänen, 15 min)
Forever Yours (M. Halme, 77 min)
Salla – Selling the Silence (M. Tuurna, 70 min)
Lecture: Finland and Finnish Documentary (I. Vehkalahti in English)
Moving Sami (H. Saramäki, 12 min)
Reindeerspotting – Escape from Santaland (J. Neuvonen, 83 min)
White Drug (J. Siirtola, 9 min)
Big Boy (M. Halme, 50 min)
Bad Dad (R.-P. Blom, 15 min)
The Spirit of Folk Music (A. Hyvärinen, 56 min)
Päijänne Symphony (A. Hyvärinen, 45 min)
Meeting with the Finnish Directors
In the Depths of the Mind (T. Halttunen, 90 min)