Aki Kaurismäki

The visionary filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, a master of world cinema, has written, directed and produced films since the early 1980s. His films have received numerous awards, most notably the Grand Prix at Festival de Cannes in 2002 for The Man Without a Past and Best Director at Berlinale in 2017 for The Other Side of Hope.

Contact:

The Finnish Film Foundation
Jenni Domingo
jenni.domingo@ses.fi
tel. +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

The Man without a Past

Films

Available in 35 mm & dcp
subtitled in Swedish, English, German, Spanish and French

Crime and Punishment (1983)
Calamari Union (1985)
Shadows in Paradise (1986)
Hamlet Goes Business (1987)
Ariel (1988)
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
Total Balalaika Show (1994)
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994)
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Juha (1999)
The Man Without a Past (2002)
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
Le Havre (2011)
The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Short films

Rock’y VI (1986, 8 min)
Thru the Wire (1987, 6 min)
Rich Little Bitch (1987, 6 min)
Those Were the Days (1991, 5 min)
These Boots (1992, 5 min)
Always Be a Human (1996, 4 min)
Dogs Have No Hell (2002, 10 min) / only 35 mm or DVD available
Bico (2004, 5 min)
The Foundry (2006, 3 min)
Bluesia Pitkämäen asemalla (2012, 17 min)

Pirjo Honkasalo

Pirjo Honkasalo is a highly acclaimed director, cinematographer and screenwriter who has won countless awards for her work. Her film Flame Top (1980, directed together with Pekka Lehto), was in the Official Competition in Cannes Film Festival. Since the 1990s, she has gained international recognition also for her documentary films.

The first film of hers that was shown at IDFA, Atman (1997), won the Joris Ivens Award, and the award-winning film The 3 Rooms of Melancholia (2004) has already become a classic. She did not, however, abandon fictional filmmaking: Concrete Night (2013) had its world premiere in the Masters programme of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Contact:

The Finnish Film Foundation
Jenni Domingo / features
jenni.domingo@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3032

Suvi Paavola / documentaries
suvi.paavola@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3021

Concrete Night

Films

Available in digital form:

Flame Top (1980, 145 min)
Da Capo (1985, 110 min)
Tanjuska and the 7 Devils (1993, 80 min, documentary)
Atman (1997, 76 min, documentary)
Fire Eater (1998, 99 min)
The 3 Rooms of Melancholia (2004, 106 min, documentary)
Ito (2009, 111 min, documentary)
Concrete Night (2013, 96 min)

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila has exhibited at numerous museums, biennales and film festivals, including Tate Modern, MoMA, Documenta, Berlinale, and Sundance. In 2011, she was appointed to the main jury of the Venice Film Festival, and in 2013, she was the Chair of the jury in FIDMarseille.

Ahtila experiments with narrative storytelling in her films and cinematic installations. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the centre of personal relationships, dealing e.g. with teenage sexuality, family relations, mental disintegration and death. Her later works deal with profound and basic artistic questions where she investigates the processes of perception and attribution of meaning, at times in the light of a larger cultural and existential thematic like colonialism, faith and posthumanism.

Contact:
The Finnish Film Foundation
Otto Suuronen
otto.suuronen@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3019

Crystal Eye
mail@crystaleye.fi
tel. +358 9 694 2308

Love Is a Treasure

Love Is a Treasure

Films

Available in digital form:

Me/We, Okay, Gray (1993, 3 X 90 seconds)
If 6 Was 9 (1995/1996, 10 min)
Today (1996, 10 min)
Consolation Service (1999, 23 min)
Love Is A Treasure (2002, 55 min)
Where Is Where (2008, 56 min)
The Hour of Prayer (2009, 16 min)

Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsui

Markku Lehmuskallio started directing films in 1973. His collaboration with the Nenets filmmaker Anastasia Lapsui has lasted for almost two decades comprising 18 films to date. The couple’s films portray traditional life and indigenous people in the Arctic hemisphere and have earned them recognition and awards worldwide.

Contact:
The Finnish Film Foundation
Jenni Domingo
jenni.domingo@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3032

A Bride of the Seventh Heaven

A Bride of the Seventh Heaven

Films

Available in digital form:

Skierri: Land of the Dwarf Birches (1982, 118 min)
Raven’s Dance (1980, 79 min)
Seven Songs from the Tundra (2000, 90 min)
A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (2004, 84 min)
Anerca, Breath of Life (2020, 86 min)

Ilppo Pohjola

Ilppo Pohjola is a versatile artist whose films, videos and multimedia installations have been awarded and distributed internationally.

Pohjola works with the vocabulary of film, examining its structural and social elements in order to create a body of work that pushes the limits of the medium’s physical possibilities. He works between the narrative tropes of Hollywood and the deconstructive methodologies of independent film. Given his interest in the formal elements of filmmaking, the content of Pohjola’s works are surprisingly physical and sensual, even if assaultive.

Contact:
The Finnish Film Foundation
Otto Suuronen
otto.suuronen@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3019

Crystal Eye
mail@crystaleye.fi
tel. +358 9 694 2308

Daddy and the Muscle Academy

Films

Available in digital form:

Tom of Finland – Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991, 55 min)
P(l)ain Truth (1993, 15 min)
Asphalto – An Aria For 13 Cars, Girls & Gas Stations (1998, 45 min)
Routemaster – Theatre of the Motor (1999, 3 X 17 min)

Mika Kaurismäki

Mika Kaurismäki’s first film The Liar (1980) was an overnight sensation. Since then, he has made a host of feature films and documentaries internationally. His older films are now available for retrospectives in digital format, including Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (1987), Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991) and Mama Africa (2010).

Contact:

The Finnish Film Foundation
Jenni Domingo
jenni.domingo@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3032

Marianna Films
marianna.films@gmx.net
tel. +358 50 346 2277

The Girl King

Films

Available in digital form / subtitled in English:

The Liar (1981, 53 min)
The Worthless (1982, 105 min)
Jackpot 2 (1982, 35 min)
The Clan (1984, 120 min)
Rosso (1985, 76 min)
Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (1987, 105 min)
Cha Cha Cha (1989, 91 min)
Zombie And The Ghost Train (1991, 90 min)
Tigrero – A Film That Was Never Made (1994, 75 min)
Brasilerinho (2005, 105 min)
Three Wise Men (2008, 105 min)
The House of Branching Love (2009, 102 min)
Mama Africa (2010, 105 min)
Homecoming (2015, 105 min)
The Girl King (2015, 108 min)
Master Cheng (2019, 114 min)

The Snow Queen by Päivi Hartzell

Päivi Hartzell is an esteemed filmmaker known for her beloved children’s films. The Snow Queen (1986, 93 min) is a modern take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, with a dream-like cinematography by Henrik Paersch.

Contact:

The Finnish Film Foundation
Jenni Domingo
jenni.domingo@ses.fi
tel. +358 9 6220 3032