March 14, 2019

Finnish film on tour in Switzerland and USA

The terrorist strikes in Molenbeek disturb Aatos and Amine's play.
The terrorist strikes in Molenbeek disturb Aatos and Amine's play.
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The Swiss documentary festival Visions du Réel will screen three Finnish documentaries in early April and Klaus Härö’s latest will set out on an intense tour Stateside.

In the US, Klaus Härö‘s One Last Deal has received favourable reviews from the American press. The Hollywood Reporter has given kudos to the film’s leading actor Heikki Nousiainen and Tuomo Hutri‘s cinematography. The movie will tour the US at five film festivals before the end of April 2019.

“Härö has a strong fan base in the USA thanks to the Fencer movie,” said producer Kai Nordberg. “One Last Deal has impressed audiences with its compassionate storyline and beautiful Helsinki-footage as well as its expectionally balanced artistic whole.”

In Switzerland, Finnish documentaries have been selected to the renowned Visions du Réel documentary festival. Reetta Huhtanen’s Gods of Molenbeek premiered at Helsinki’s DocPoint in January 2019 to much acclaim, receiving the documentary film festival’s Audience Award and Critic’s Choice.

Gods of Molenbeek tells the story of two boys from different cultures, living in Molenbeek, Belgium. What is a safe and familiar place for the boys is a hotspot for Islamist terrorism for the rest of the world. Huhtanen approaches the questions of death and religion through the eyes of a six-year old, introducing a beautiful simplicity and innocence to the ever-present topics of our time.

Visions du Réel will also screen two Finnish short documentaries. Jan Ijäs’ On the Art of the Set Design is based on an introductory book to film-making, authored by none other than the former supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il. Tinja Ruusuvuori’s Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt) has also been chosen to the festival, after sweeping the prize table at Tampere Film Festival last week.

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