The documentary film Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome), directed by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi has received an award at Poland’s largest film festival.
The film was awarded the main prize worth EUR 10 000 in the Films on Art category. Eleven other documentary films competed in the international category.
The T-Mobile New Horizons festival focuses on innovative cinema that explores new horizons in film language, expression and storytelling.
Almost 17 000 people in Finland have seen the documentary about the band Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät and its mentally handicapped members. The Punk Syndrome is soon set to appear in theatres in the UK where it will be distributed by November Films, a company focusing on documentaries.
Earlier festival wins for The Punk Syndrome include the Audience Award at the Tampere Film Festival and the award for most innovative documentary at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland. So far the film has been screened at eight international film festivals in Europe and North America and the following stage of its world tour is set to take on Asia and Australia.
Trailer for The Punk Syndrome