A letter, sent to the Finnish public radio phone-in program, hopes that in this era of #Metoo and many other well-meaning campaigns, attention would be drawn to the unpleasant phenomenon of using the name “Urpo” as a synonym for idiot. In this warm-hearted and humorous documentary, four men all called Urpo gather to reflect on the meaning and impact of their name in their lives. Will the use of Urpo still be acceptable in 2023?
DIRECTOR: Karoliina Gröndahl SCRIPT: Karoliina Gröndahl CINEMATOGRAPHY: Otso Reunanen SOUND: Olli Huhtanen EDITING: Mervi Junkkonen MUSIC: Upright Music PRODUCER: Marianne Mäkelä PRODUCTION COMPANY: napafilms
Karoliina Gröndahl (b. 1984) holds an MA in documentary film directing from the DocNomads Joint Masters program. Skilled in conveying emotions through the moving image, Karoliina shoots most of her films herself. Karoliina’s latest short documentary Every Tom, Dick and Urpo (orig. Ei nimi miestä pahenna) premiered in September 2023 at the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy where it received New Wave award. The documentary feature Standing in My Power, part of Ice and Fire Docs workshop and DocPoint IMPACT training, will premiere in 2024.
Advisor / International Promotion and Cultural Export of Short Films
• festival distribution strategy for short films and short documentary films
• travel, project and material and marketing support for short films and short documentary films
• monthly short film screenings at Kino K13
• curating short film programmes