2019 | 105 min
  • arthouse ,
  • thriller/horror ,
  • drama ,
  • Feature Films

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

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Juha has lost his wife in a drowning accident. Years after he still feels numb and unable to connect with people. Meeting Mona, a dominatrix, changes everything. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is a darkly humorous story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being.

Selected festivals:
Directors’ Fortnight / Cannes 2019, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

DIRECTOR: J-P Valkeapää
SCREENWRITER: J-P Valkeapää (idea by Juhana Lumme)
EDITING: Mervi Junkkonen
MUSIC: Michal Nejtek
CAST: Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Ester Geislerová, Ilona Huhta
PRODUCERS: Aleksi Bardy, Helen Vinogradov
CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Tasse Film (Latvia), Bionaut (Czech Republic)
: Helsinki-filmi
SALES: Yellow Affair


J-P Valkeapää

(b. 1977) is a critically acclaimed and awarded Finnish film director. His debut feature The Visitor (2008) was developed at Cannes’ Residence du Festival and premiered in Venice. The film was awarded with the prestigious Nordic Film and Best Cinematography Awards at Gothenburg FF 2009. His second feature They Have Escaped (2014) premiered at Venice and Toronto. Dogs Don't Wear Pants was selected to Directors' Fortnight in Cannes 2019, and has screened at festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Busan, Fantastic Fest Austin and BFI London Film Festival.

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