The cheapest drivers in the hearse business, gambling addict Risto Kivi and his friend, the 85% brainless man Arto Niska, have found themselves in a situation where everything has gone wrong, and they are in need of a fresh start. Death Is a Problem for the Living is a film about addiction, friendship and carrying dead bodies.
International premiere: Rome Film Fest / Progressive Cinema Competition 2023
DIRECTOR: Teemu Nikki SCRIPTWRITER: Teemu Nikki CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jyrki Arnikari F.S.C. EDITOR: Teemu Nikki COMPOSER: Marco Biscarini SOUND DESIGN: Marco Biscarini, Alessio Vanni, Giovanni Tioli SET DESIGN: Santtu Toivola MAKE-UP & COSTUME DESIGN: Suvi Lukkala-Mäkinen CAST: Pekka Strang, Jari Virman, Elina Knihtilä, Hannamaija Nikander, Pihla Penttinen PRODUCERS: Jani Pösö, Andrea Romeo PRODUCTION COMPANY: It’s Alive Films
Teemu Nikki is a self-educated, award winning filmmaker and son of a pig farmer from Sysmä, Finland. His film Euthanizer was a festival success and the official Finnish Oscar entry for the 2019 Academy Awards. The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (2021) won the Orizzonti Extra Audience Award in Venice. Nikki has also directed numerous short films and popular series. Nikki’s style is best described as a good-willed yet unapologetic political satire of humanity.