The festival with a focus on Nordic, Baltic and North German films takes place November 1–5, 2023.
Image: Oh no, Lasse falls! / Juhamatti Vahdersalo, Wacky Tie Films.
Nordische Filmtage hands out 65,000 euros worth of awards in different sections. Several festival favorites from Finland are in the program.
Celebrating its international premiere in Lübeck, Oh No, Lasse Falls! is in the short film section. The film is written and directed by Risto-Pekka Blom and produced by Pasi Hakkio and Niina Virtanen for Wacky Tie Films. Set during the Munich Olympics of 1972, the film focuses on a group of men following the historic run of Lasse Virén.
Lübeck’s diverse program includes archival screenings. This year, the Retrospective theme is ”Forever Young.” The program includes two beloved Finnish films about youth by Mikko Niskanen and Tapio Suominen.
- Family Time, dir. Tia Kouvo / Aamu Film Company
- Je’vida, dir. Katja Gauriloff / Oktober
- Let the River Flow, dir. Ole Giæver / minority co-production, co-production company Bufo
- Paradise Is Burning, dir. Mika Gustafson / minority co-production, co-production company Tuffi Films
Feature documentary films
- Homecoming, dir. Suvi West, Anssi Kömi / Vaski Filmi
- Lynx Man, dir. Juha Suonpää / Wacky Tie Films
- Cinéma Laika, dir. Veljko Vidak / French-Finnish co-production
- House of the Wickedest Man in the Earth, dir. Jan Ijäs / Atalante
- Oh no, Lasse falls!, dir. Risto-Pekka Blom / Wacky Tie Films
- Prelude, dir. Arman Zafari / Aalto University
- Scenic View, dir. Maija Blåfield / Häivekuva
- Grounded, dir. Samuli Hahl / BrainyDay Visual
- Jasmin’s Two Homes, dir. Inka Achté, Hanna Karppinen / napafilms
- The Paper, dir. Katariina Haukka / Turku University of Applied Sciences
- Estonia, showrunner Miikko Oikkonen / Fisher King
- Under Your Skin (Käpy selän alla, 1966), dir. Mikko Niskanen
- Right On, Man! (Täältä tullaan, elämä!, 1979), dir. Tapio Suominen