Finnish documentary takes its sauna to Germany
Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro) is a documentary about Finnish men sharing their life stories in the sauna. The film will now make the rounds in Germany, six years after it was released in Finland.
The promotional tour of the film begins in Hamburg before moving onto Augsburg via Berlin. It will be released for the greater German public on 55 screens in 33 locations next Thursday (10 November).
The tour will feature the film’s directors, Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen, two men from the film and a phone booth turned into a sauna that will be heated before every screening of the documentary.
The film was a huge hit in Finland, and more than 52 000 people went to see it in the cinema. It won the Best Documentary award at the 2010 Jussi Awards and was Finland’s official Oscar nominee and a European Film award nominee. It was well received internationally and went on to win plenty of awards both in Finland and abroad.
The documentary has previously been screened in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Poland and New Zealand and featured at over a 120 film festivals.