How do artists view their own work? Veikko Aaltonen’s documentary Not Withholding Anything From You takes us straight into the heart of creativity in the company of artists from different fields and generations.
From singer-turned-filmmaker Anna Eriksson to cinematographer Esa Vuorinen, from painter-sculptor Jarmo Mäkilä to actor Hannu-Pekka Björkman, these artists allow the audience to follow their work as they reveal what intuition, inspiration, and love and hate mean for their art. Celebrating the various forms of passion and creative work, the film presents a compelling case for the significance of art.
DIRECTOR: Veikko Aaltonen SCRIPTWRITERS: Veikko Aaltonen, Jukka-Pekka Bohm CINEMATOGRAPHY: Pekka Uotila F.S.C. SOUND: Karri Niinivaraa EDITING: Jukka-Pekka Bohm PRODUCERS: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff PRODUCTION COMPANY: Bufo
Director Veikko Aaltonen (b. 1955) began his career in the mid-1970s as a sound editor. Some years later he worked with the acclaimed Finnish director Rauni Mollberg as a co-writer on two of his films, Milka (1980) and The Unknown Soldier (1985), on which he also worked as assistant director. In 1987, Aaltonen directed his first feature film, The Final Arrangement, which he co-wrote with Aki Kaurismäki, who also produced the film. Five years later he directed a film that has been considered his breakthrough, The Prodigal Son (1992), for which he won several Finnish awards. In addition to directing, Aaltonen has also worked as an editor, actor and producer.