Tag: finland

New York 2017 Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Aki Kaurismaki Style

Extremely silly and endlessly charming, The Other Side of Hope reminds us that the complicated world we are living in doesn't need to be complicated. Through the Kaurismakian glass, the world is filled with decent people and it remains a hopeful place as long as people help each other out.

Toronto 2017 Review: EUTHANIZER Unflinchingly Considers Misery and Karma With An Offbeat Finnish Worldview

Welcome to Haukka's Repairs And End Solutions. A dilapidated auto repair shop in a small town in Finland where the proprietor, Veijo, occasionally fixes cars, but mainly he runs a business of putting down pets for owners unwilling to pay...

Toronto 2017: EUTHANIZER, North American Trailer Premiere For Finnish Thriller

We know that everyone here in Toronto has been feverishly buying up their tickets for TIFF next week. Before this one falls through the cracks and you kick yourselves for missing it, consider grabbing a seat at one of the...

Hot Docs 2017 Review: HOBBYHORSE REVOLUTION Revels in the Intensity of Youth

Dressage, in equestrian terms, is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance. It factors significantly into Selma Vilhunen's documentary on the most curious of Finland subcultures, one involving hobbyhorses and (mostly)...

Watch Chrzu's Wild Comedy Short THE CONTRACT Before Its Sequel Premieres

We are pleased to present the internet premiere of The Contract, a short comedy written and directed by Finnish filmmaker CHRZU. His short film Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom first caught our attention back in 2014 and he's been...

Night Visions 2017: Killer Female Directors Lead Genre Fest Lineup with PREVENGE, RAW, XX and More

The superbly-curated Night Visions International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its spring edition, which is led by Prevenge, Raw and X in the "Killer Female Directors" section. The biggest genre festival in Scandinavia takes over the lovely city...

Ramin Sohrab's VIULU Video: Remember, Kids, Violins Can Be Dangerous

The latest video from Iranian/Finnish martial artist and filmmaker Ramin Sohrab has debuted and it's smoking. Our friends at Film Combat Syndicate debuted the video, along with this description: "Sohrab plays a man on his way to play his violin...

Watch the new trailer for TOM OF FINLAND

New trailer about Finnish gay icon and artist, TOM OF FINLAND, starring Pekka Strang and directed by Dome Karukoski hits online. The film opens on the 24th of February....

SAMURAI RAUNI REPOSAARELAINEN in Theaters in October

Samurai Rauni Reposaarelainen, an action comedy and a samurai film from Finland will be in theatres on October 21th. The first feature film from theatre group Moderni Kanuuna, the film cost only 50 000 euros. Director and lead actor Mika...

Post-Apocalypse! Synthesizers! Watch NIGHTSATAN AND THE LOOPS OF DOOM Short Now!

We've been following the post-apocalyptic action adventure short Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom for some time because it's just a lot of fun. And now you can watch the complete short film, before it becomes a feature. Here's the...

TOM OF FINLAND Gets Its First Poster ***UPDATE***

Tom of Finland, a film about Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, gets its first poster. Biopic directed by Dome Karukoski stars Finnish actor Pekka Strang in the title role. Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), a prominent figure in gay art scene and a...

LAKE BODOM: Check Out The Local Poster Art For The Finnish Slasher

We've been keeping a close eye on Taneli Mustonen's upcoming Lake Bodom - known simply as Bodom in his home country of Finalnd - for quite some time now and with the Finnish release nearing they have just released the...

Scandinavian 2016: A Nordic Burst Of Cinema Intensifies Australia's Winter

It is only in its third year, and yet The Scandinavian Film Festival which runs Australia-wide is one of my most anticipated festivals, following the gargantuan MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) of course. Considering one of my favorite films from...

Super Slick Trailer For Finnish Slasher LAKE BODOM Arrives

It was 56 years ago this weekend that the shores of Lake Bodom were home to one of the most notorious and shocking crimes in Finnish history. Four teens on a camping trip were stabbed to death in their sleep...

Cannes 2016: Nordic Genre Cinema Celebrated With Viking Helmets

Sure, the Cannes Film Festival sounds like an ultra-serious consideration of the latest and greatest in world cinema. But who knew it included the wearing of viking helmets? We've been provided with three photos from the (scandalous?) Nordic Genre Party...

Raven Banner Entertainment Lands Worldwide Sales Rights For Finland's First Superhero Flick, RENDEL

News out of the market at Cannes is that local lads Raven Banner Entertainment have landed the worldwide sales rights for Finland's first superhero movie. Rendel. The trailer has been out for a while and you may have a look...

Night Visions 3015: Hell Up In Helsinki

Earlier this month I went to the future. I mean this somewhat literally, as my flight from Toronto to Helsinki, Finland put me 8 hours ahead, but also because I was attending the Night Visions Film Festival, a biannual celebration...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LOVEMILLA Gently Unfolds In A Wonderfully Bizarre Comic Universe

Unfolding in a (slightly) alternate universe where people can turn into zombies after a single drink of alcohol, babies can be possessed by the Devil, and people can fly, Teemu Nikki's feature adaptation of a television series he created with...

Blu-ray Review: BIG GAME's Unrated Version Has A Better 'Finnish'

Jalmari Helander's action flick Big Game will hit Blu-ray today. We have had a look at the Blu-ray release which may be sparse in added features but the sole feature, an Unrated Version with an extra five minutes of footage,...

Giveaway: Win Big Adventure In BIG GAME On DVD

Anchor Bay is releasing Jalmari Helander's action adventure flick Big Game on home video on August 25th. We have a couple DVDs to give to two lucky readers. A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the...