A Moment In The Reeds

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For his debut feature movie, London based Finnish filmmaker Mikko Makela has returned home to tell his compelling tale of a romantic summer encounter between an unlikely pair that literally sizzles on the screen. Leevi (Janne Puustinen ) has been studying in Paris and comes back home to somewhat reluctantly help his estranged father (Mika … Continue reading

Concrete Night

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One can only imagine when the Finnish Film Academy submitted Concrete Night as the country’s official submission for the Best Foreign Picture Oscar in 2014, that the Finnish Tourist Authorities must have had a royal fit. This deeply disturbing story is shot in a bleak unforgiving depressing public housing project in one of Helsinki’s rougher … Continue reading

NIMBY Not In My Back Yard

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  From Finland comes this rather absurdist drama centered around a lesbian couple’s attempt to ‘come out’ to their respective parents .  What was a seemingly straightforward  trip home to a remote town for Melvi (Susanna Pukkila) to introduce her German girlfriend Kata (Almila Bagriacik). turns into total chaos. The moment the pair step off … Continue reading

Tom of Finland

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As part of a compelling trend to document crucial parts of the history of the growth of the LGBT community comes this timely, and rather excellent, biopic on the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.  Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) was a middle-class Finnish Army Officer who … Continue reading

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