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Sukunsa viimeinen

“The Last of the Line” tells the story of change, upbringing, and the theft of identity. Set on the Jamal Peninsula during the Soviet era, the film is based on true events in director Anastasia Lapsui’s childhood environment.

A young Nenets girl named Neko is forcibly taken from her home to a boarding school in a Russian village against her will. Forced into a foreign culture and new customs, Neko rebels against Russification and becomes the target of bullying by her classmates and scrutiny from her teachers. Together with a Nenets boy from the same school, Neko escapes to return to the safety of her own family and familiar customs. However, their escape across the wintry tundra is short-lived, and the inevitable return to school and new Russian life is unavoidable.

The film’s story is told through the memories of an elderly Neko. School has taught her much new knowledge, and Russian culture has become a natural part of her. But something important has permanently changed; as the last representative of her family, Neko has grown estranged from her own roots and lost the ability to continue her family’s age-old traditions.

Directors:
Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsui

Starring:
Aleksandra Okotetto
Nadezhda Pyrerko
Anastasia Lapsui
Jevgeni Hudi

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Missä kuljimme kerran

Based on Kjell Westö’s Finlandia Prize-winning novel, the film explores humanity and love amidst the upheavals of the nation.

Early 20th-century Helsinki is essentially two cities: the idyllic world of the wealthy upper class and the slum quarters of the poor laborers. The story spans decades, illustrating how time, place, and social class both bring people together and drive them apart.

Independent and curious, Lucie (Jessica Grabowsky) refuses to conform to the mold of upper-class women. Her childhood friend, the photographer Eccu (Jakob Öhrman), passionately loves the wild and eccentric Lucie, but his heart belongs to Allu (Andreas af Enehielm), a young working-class football hero.

The film also features Allu’s father, Enok (Elmer Bäck), Lucie’s politically fervent brother Cedi (Oskar Pöysti), the humanist observer Ivar Grandell (Niklas Groundstroem), and other beloved characters from the novel.

Director:
Peter Lindholm

Starring:
Jakob Öhrman
Jessica Grabowsky
Andreas af Enehielm
Oskar Pöysti

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Saving Private Ryan

The story begins on the historical “D-Day” during World War II. An American unit receives a perilous special mission after the landing. Captain John Miller is tasked with taking his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have already perished in battle. The men question the success of this extremely dangerous mission. Why should eight men risk their lives to save one soldier? Amid the madness of war, each of them must seek their answers—and muster the courage to confront the ruthless and demanding face of war.

The film won five Academy Awards in 1999:

Best Director: Steven Spielberg
Best Sound Editing: Gary Rydstrom and Richard Hymns
Best Sound Mixing: Gary Rydstrom and Gary Summers
Best Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński
Best Film Editing: Michael Kahn

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David and Bathsheba

The movie tells the Old Testament story of David and Bathsheba. The film focuses specifically on David’s sin when he falls for Bathsheba, who is the wife of one of his soldiers and follows the consequences it brings.

Gregory Peck portrays David, and Susan Hayward portrays Bathsheba. The film faithfully follows the biblical narrative and examines the relationship between David and Bathsheba as well as David’s internal struggle with sin and redemption. The movie also addresses religious themes such as forgiveness, redemption, and the meaning of faith.

The film has become known as a classic Bible-based movie that explores religious themes and human destinies.

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Golda

Golda is a portrait of a unique woman and leader, Israel’s first and so far only female Prime Minister Golda Meir (portrayed by Oscar-winning Helen Mirren, The Queen). The film focuses on the difficult duties and decisions Meir faces as she navigates Israel through the 1973 Yom Kippur War. On October 6, 1973, Israel’s holiest day during Ramadan, an alliance of Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise attack on the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. Known as Israel’s Iron Lady, Prime Minister Golda Meir battles against time, with millions of human lives at stake on both sides of the conflict. Struggling with impossible choices, Golda leads her people alone through an uncertain era, frustrated by the constant internal conflicts of her male-dominated government.

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Amsterdam

The year is 1933. In the aftermath of the First World War, wounded war veteran friends, Dr. Burt Berendsen, who employs unconventional methods, and attorney Harold Woodsman find themselves accused of murder when their shared clients, a United States senator and his daughter, die. The duo must uncover the true culprit behind the deaths and clear their names. “Amsterdam” is loosely based on real events surrounding the Business Plot conspiracy, where an attempt was made to overthrow U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace him with a dictator.

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Ystävät, toverit

The director of a nickel mine, Arno Jurmala, is celebrating his birthday. The workers praise him in their speeches and international business partners have been invited to the party. But behind the scenes, there is another world, led by a ruthless man for whom everything is for sale: nickel, weapons, and women. If someone tries to plot against the autocrat, the traitor will pay with their life. The film is inspired by the Petsamo area, where a northern “wild west” emerged around a nickel mine in the late 1930s. Different nationalities, ruthless people seeking quick wealth, and spies from countries preparing for war met there.

The film was directed by Rauni Mollberg.

Starring: Kari Rydman Pekka Salo Seija Kiiski Timo Lehtonen

Jussi Awards: Best Set Design – Tom Hamberg

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Täällä Pohjantähden alla II

Artista Filmi Oy produced two feature films based on Väinö Linna’s ‘Under the North Star’ novels. The books constitute the Northern Star trilogy, narrating the realistic and humane story of the Koskela family. It traces the life of ordinary individuals amidst the significant European changes from the late 1800s to the Second World War, encompassing Finland’s independence and the Civil War. The narrative also focuses on the love story of Akseli Koskela and Elina Kivivuori. The book series was published between 1959 and 1962.

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Täällä Pohjantähden alla

Artista Filmi Oy produced two feature films based on Väinö Linna’s ‘Under the North Star’ novels. The books constitute the Northern Star trilogy, narrating the realistic and humane story of the Koskela family. It traces the life of ordinary individuals amidst the significant European changes from the late 1800s to the Second World War, encompassing Finland’s independence and the Civil War. The narrative also focuses on the love story of Akseli Koskela and Elina Kivivuori. The book series was published between 1959 and 1962.

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Kaksipäisen Kotkan varjossa

Kaksipäisen Kotkan varjossa (transl. “Shadow of the Eagle” is a Finnish film set in the early 1910s, depicting a historical period in Finland, particularly the events of the Civil War. The movie follows the story of two young men, Oskari Tokoi and Toivo Parikka, who find themselves on opposite sides of the political and ideological divide during the conflict of that time.

Oskari is a member of the civil guard, while Toivo serves as a soldier in the Red Guards. Their friendship and personal bond are tested as they end up on opposing sides of the war. The film portrays the brutality of the war, friendship challenges, and the societal division among people during the Finnish Civil War.