Finnish Film Festival

A Celebration of Finnish Masterpieces

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100 Years of Finnish Cinema: A Finnish Film Festival:

Fall of 2017

The Finnish Film Festival will feature five (5) of Finland’s most significant films over the last 100 years. The films will be shown over 5 Wednesday evenings in the fall of 2017 at Innis College, University of Toronto.

September 27: Timo Koivusalo: Sibelius (2003)

October 11: Aki Kaurismäki: The Man without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä, 2002)

October 25: Edvin Laine:
The Unknown Soldier
(Tuntematon sotilas, 1955)

November 1: A J Annila: Ikitie (The Eternal Road) (2017)

November 29: JP Siili: Sel8nne (2015)

SIBELIUS

Even to this day, Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957) is one of the most well-known Finnish composers. Timo Koivusalo’s film Sibelius follows his career as he develops into one of the most creative minds of his time only to have the maelstrom of outside pressure and self-criticism to gradually suffocate his creativity. It is also about the great love story between Sibelius and his wife of just about 70 years, Aino.
The movie tells the unique story of Jean Sibelius. It is a life story, a love story and a story about the music that changed history.

Location: Innis College, University of Toronto
Doors open: 6.30pm
Pre screening program: 6.45pm
Film: 7pm
Tickets: $15 online at cff.ca

Finnish music performed by Lili Ahopelto before the film.
Discussion and reception with coffee and pulla follows!

THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST

The Man Without a Past (2002), directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, tells a story of an unnamed man trying to rebuild his life and make sense of his place in the world after getting mugged and losing his memory. It is both a humorous and melancholy story about people and society – typical of the unique Kaurismäki style.

The Man without a Past is a movie that defined Finnish Cinema and made Kaurismäki internationally famous director. The film won a slew of awards at Cannes Film Festival (including the Grand Jury prize and best actress for Kati Outinen), and it was nominated for an Oscar, making it one the most successful Finnish movies of all time.

Location: Innis College, University of Toronto
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Program starts at: 7pm
Tickets: $15 (or $65 for the full series) online at cff.ca
Pre film talk by: Professor Emeritus Börje Vähämäki: “Aki Kaurismäki’s Contribution to Finnish Cinema”
Discussion and reception with coffee and pulla follows!

MOVIE CLIP:

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

The Unknown Soldier (1955) was and still is the most successful and most watched film ever made in Finland. Directed by Edvin Laine and based on a novel written by Väinö Linna, The Unknown Soldier has touched the hearts of millions by telling the story about the Continuation War in 1941. In the movie the story about the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union is told through the viewpoint of ordinary Finnish soldiers. The Unknown Soldier occupies a central place in the consciousness of the Finnish population and it is a Finnish tradition to view this film to celebrate Finland’s independence. It is a movie you just want see over and over again.

In Finland The Unknown Soldier won six categories at Jussi Awards, including the award for the Best Direction. The movie was also nominated for a Bafta Award in 1959.

Location: Innis College, University of Toronto
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Program starts at: 6.30pm
Tickets: $15 (or $65 for the full series) online at cff.ca
Pre film performance by: Timo Närhinsalo, a Mannerheim impersonator.
Discussion and reception with coffee and pulla follows!

MOVIE CLIP:

THE ETERNAL ROAD

The Eternal Road (2017, dir. AJ Annila) is a story about a Finnish man who returns from America to Finland in the 1930s great depression. After an invasion to his home, he escapes to Stalin’s Soviet Russia where he starts a new life facing many challenges in a political distress.

The Eternal Road (Ikitie) is based on Antti Tuuri’s novel of the same name. This novel, in turn, is largely based on the historical research conducted by late Professor Varpu Lindström regarding the lives and fates of the Finnish Americans and Canadians who moved to Soviet Karelia in the 1930s.

The film premiered in Finland about a month ago and received exceptionally raving reviews:
An immediate classic! Heavyweight writer. Brilliant acting. A visionary film director. These are all things that make Ikitie – The Eternal Road one of the most successful filmatizations of a novel ever seen in Finland.

Location: Innis College, University of Toronto
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Program Starts at: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 online at cff.ca

Discussion and reception with coffee and pulla follows!

MOVIE CLIP:

SEL8NNE

Sel8nne (2013), the record breaking documentary film about Teemu “The Finnish Flash” Selänne and his unlimited skating speed, will give the Finnish Film Festival a powerful ending. The leading star in the movie, no other than Selänne himself, doesn’t need an introduction. The Variety Magazine called him “possibly the best-known export Finland has produced outside of Nokia”.

The film is a biography which will tell you the story behind the most famous Finnish hockey player. Come, enjoy and be impressed! You can see the Jukka-Pekka Siili’s film Sel8nne on November 29 at Finnish Film Festival.

Location: Innis College, University of Toronto
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Program Starts at: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 (or $65 for the full series) online at cff.ca

Pre film program TBC.

Discussion and reception with coffee and pulla follows!

MOVIE CLIP:

The Finnish Film Festival includes a pre- and postscreening program with guest speakers, guests and artists. After viewings, the audience will be invited to participate in discussions about the films.

Light refreshments will be offered after each viewing. Organizers are hoping to have a prominent Finnish film personality, for example a director of one of the films, on site during one of the evenings.

You are warmly welcome to celebrate Finland 100 by participating in this wonderful and unique film festival!

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