Film Countries Archives: Finland

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The Woodcutter Story Metsurin Tarina

  Mikko Myllylahti

  Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany     98 minutes

Synopsis

Seemingly impervious to the perpetual darkness of winter, woodcutter Pepe radiates a cheery disposition to friends and family alike in the picturesque northern Finnish town where he lives. His resolve is tested, though, when a series of cataclysmic events begin to upend his life and throw his family into chaos. But even amid the turmoil, his optimism wins out. Anchored by a riotously deadpan lead performance and a wild cast of characters (including a child barber, a singing psychic, and a talking fish), the film is an absurd, hilarious fable that grows increasingly surreal minute by minute. Despite all the craziness swirling about in the Finnish winter, one must imagine Pepe happy.

 Finnish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki
  •   Mikko Myllylahti
  •   Jussi Rautaniemi F.C.E.
  •   Arsen Sarkisiants
  •   Jarkko Lahti, HP Björkman, Iivo Tuuri, Marc Gassot, Katja Küttner, Ulla Tapaninen, Armi Toivanen
  •   Jorma Kaulanen, Peter Albrectsen
  •   Jonas Struck
  •   Aamu Film Company, Keplerfilm, Beofilm, Achtung Panda!

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Innocence

  Guy Davidi

  Denmark, Israel, Finland, Iceland     100 minutes

Synopsis

With an uneasy beauty and a blistering moral force, Innocence explores the militarization of Israeli society and its impact on the lives of its young people, most of whom are conscripted into the army. Through intimate narration taken from the diaries of dead recruits and the rare home movies they left behind, the film reveals the inner turmoil of the soldiers, while also depicting the insidious and widespread ways in which children are indoctrinated into the culture of war at an early age. Filmmaker Guy Davidi, who co-directed with Emad Burnat the seminal Oscar-nominated Palestinian-Israel co-production Five Broken Cameras, creates another essential and emotional portrait of the personal devastation caused by war and the guileless victims left in its wake.

 Hebrew with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 4:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Sigrid Dyekjær, Hilla Medalia. Co-Producers: Kaarle Aho, Margreth Jonasdottir
  •   Guy Davidi
  •   Guy Davidi, Maja Friis
  •   Guy Davidi, Avner Shahaf
  •   Rinat Klain, Dorit Hassel
  •   Heikki Kossi
  •   Snorri Hallgrímsson
  •   Danish Documentary, Medalia Productions.
  •   Co-Production companies: Real Lava, Making Movies, Sagafilm