The second Finnish Fim Days will be opened with the showing of the award-winning documentary masterpiece Miseten vuoro (Steam of Life). The director, Mika Hotakainen, and the pair of protagonists, Mikko Rissanen and Kari Tenhunen, will also be present.
Steam of Life guides you through Finland and during this cross-country journey you can get to know men of all ages and statuses who share their stories about love, death, birth and friendship while sitting in steamy saunas. The documentary presents landscapes, saunas, and people in their raw beauty with mesmerizing scenes. At certain points, the honesty and emotional depth is almost unbearable, since Steam of Life takes an intimate, poetic tour around the soul of men.
Besides Steam of Life, you can get a taste of Finnish documentaries and short films sprinkled with a handful of animated films. To name a few: Katja Gauriloff’s Canned Dreams, Jukka Kärkkäinen’sand J-P Passi’sPunk Syndrome, which is centered around a Finnish rockband, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The repertoire will also feautre a Finnish-Hungarian coproduction, Zsuzsa Böszörményi’s and Kai Salminen’s The Long Journey, and a silverscreen delicacy serving as an appetizer: a documentary about harmonica wizard Soundbreaker Kimmo Pohjonen, who’ll be giving a concert at the Palace of Arts on 25 October with the world-famous Kronos Kvartett.
Save for a few exceptions, movies will be shown in Finnish, often with Hungarian subtitles.