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News, 12/8/2017 | Embassy of Finland, Washington

Finnish Films Take over Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., audiences get to enjoy several Finnish films during the upcoming weeks! Find out more about the films and the screening times below.

Miami

A sheltered young woman is unexpectedly reunited with her estranged exotic-dancer sister in Finnish director Zaida Bergroth's affecting story of a dysfunctional family struggling to re-forge their old bond. Raised by her single father, Anna (newcomer Sonja Kuittinen) approaches life with fear and uncertainty, and his recent death exacerbates her anxieties. Estranged sister Angela (Krista Kosonen) is Anna's exact opposite: an exotic dancer who travels from one seedy dump to the next, making money on the side by blackmailing her more vigorous patrons. When they reconnect, Angela is arguing with the rest of her troupe and is forced to ask her sister for help. As both soon discover, risk-averse Anna may have worse instincts than her sister.

Location: AFI Silver Theather and Cultural Center
Screenings: December 13 at 7:00 pm

Miami
Miami

Law of the Land

In a remote Finnish village in Lapland, just across the Swedish border, a retiring police officer (Ville Virtanen) learns that his illegitimate son (Antti Holma) has been released from prison and is terrorizing the area. The young man has found out a big family secret, and is taking his revenge by assaulting people close to the police officer — including his other legitimate son. As the hatred between the two brothers grows, the villagers take the law in their own hands. While trying to prevent the brothers from killing each other, the police officer is forced to face his past mistakes.

Location: AFI Silver Theather and Cultural Center
Screenings: December 10 at 9:45 pm and December 13 at 9:30 pm

Law of the Land
Law of the Land

Tom of Finland

This stirring biopic follows the life of the artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), known to the world as Tom of Finland, whose proudly erotic drawings shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. After serving in the army in WWII, Touko returned to repressive Finnish society of the 1950s, haunted by traumatic experiences. Moving in with his affectionate but unenlightened sister (Jessica Grabowsky), he fell in love with her lodger, handsome dancer (Lauri Tiklanen). Unable to express his feelings openly, Touko poured them into his drawings, creating his vision of the hypermasculine leatherman. The film is directed by Dome Karukoski and it is Finland’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards.

Location: Landmark's E Street Cinema
Screenings: December 8-14 weekdays at 1:05 pm, 4:05 pm, 7:05 pm and 9:45 pm, on Saturday and Sunday 10:15 am, 1:05 pm, 4:05 pm, 7:05 pm and 9:45 pm

Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland

The Other Side of Hope

This wry, melancholic comedy from Finnish legend Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past, Le Havre, Leningrad Cowboys Go America), a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged shirt salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) abruptly leaves his prickly wife and unfulfilling job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant, which he tries to turn into a success with a hilarious series of culinary re-inventions. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo, staying on illegally in Helsinki — and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously, with unexpected results. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. The film is winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

Location: Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Screenings: December 15-21, exact screening times coming up soon

The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side of Hope
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