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Finnish cinema sets its eyes on Budapest

The Heavy Trip band perform “symphonic postapocalyptic reindeer-grinding Christ-abusing extreme war pagan Fennoscandian metal” in the hopes of making a name for themselves.Screenshot/Youtube

Finnish Film Days will be organised for the eighth time in Budapest by FinnAgora, a centre for Finnish culture, research and business in Hungary, in co-operation with Toldi Cinema and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Finnish Film Days (Finn Filmnapok) will consist of 10 screenings curated by cinematographer András Horváth at the Toldi Cinema on 6–10 February 2019. The programme will be juiced up with a festival sauna, Q&As and heavy metal gigs.

“We’ve chosen all kinds of films into the programme, differing in rhythm and atmosphere, so that everyone will be sure to find something interesting,” said Horváth, in a release. “The selected films may include extraordinary realms or colours and the humour can be grim, but at the same time they’re sincere, teeming with life and thought-provoking.”

The event will be opened with the oddball comedy Heavy Trip (Hevi Reissu), directed by Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio. The film tells the story of heavy metal band Impaled Rektum and their journey to a major metal festival in Norway.

Virpi Suutari explores the world of two very different Finnish entrepreneurs in her documentary Entrepreneur  (Yrittäjä) – one selling traditional meat products out in the countryside and another starting a company in the capital region to sell pulled oats.

Among other films at the Film Days are the comedy sequel Happier Times, Grump!  (Iloisia aikoja, Mielensäpahoittaja) from director Tiina Lymi and One Last Deal (Tuntematon mestari), Klaus Härö‘s follow up to the acclaimed The Fencer (Miekkailija).

By: Samuli Ojala