Subject: Swedish

Kuningasjätkä elokuvan juliste

A Summer by the River (Kuningasjätkä)


A Summer by the River (Kuningasjätkä) takes place in Eastern Finland in the 1950s around the events of log swimming. The father in the story loses his wife – and only father and son remain. The father (Tenho) goes with his son (Simon) for the summer to prune trees, where the work and the workers are merciless. The film beautifully depicts Finland’s summer nature, and there is also a bit of love involved when Tenho finds a new interesting woman.

The film won a fantastic five Jussi awards in the following categories: Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay.

Sokkotanssi elokuvan juliste



In the movie Sokkotanssi (Trans. Blind Dance), the 60s are lived in a small Finnish town by the sea. Another of the main actors is a boy named Jontti. He is a very curious child who finds out about his father’s secret relationship with another woman. Jontti’s best friend from the neighborhood is Länki, who misses his father who lives out of reach. These aspects of life put a lot of pressure on the boys’ minds, which makes them do all kinds of naughtiness.

The film has well-known Finnish actors. Jontti’s father is Martti Suoaho, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius plays a barber and Vesa-Matti Loiri plays an alcoholic citizen in a small supporting role. Movie uses subtle humor, but also drama.

The film won the Jussi award for best screenplay.

Koulukino’s learning material is aimed at secondary and middle school studies. The tasks include tips for processing the film, tasks on film analysis, film timeline, pranks, dramaturgy, and the director Matti Ijäs. The educational material for this film is also available in Swedish.

Oppipoika elokuvan juliste

Oppipoika (Lärjungen)


The year is 1939. A 13-year-old boy named Karl arrives on the island of Lånskär in Åland. There, the boy is supposed to learn the job of a lighthouse keeper by being the apprentice of the lighthouse master Hasselbond, which is not an easy task. An exciting thriller full of choices begins.

The film won the Jussi award for best costume design.

School cinema learning material is also available in Swedish. The learning material deals with Finnish-Swedish cinema, children’s rights, psychological thrillers, the psychology of evil, motivation, and emotions.

Iris elokuvan juliste



The year is 1890. Iris is eight years old and lives with her visual artist mother Ester in Stockholm. Iris’s father is dead. Iris has been waiting for a long time to be able to go to Paris with her mother, to the opening of this exhibition, but to her disappointment, she has to stay home. And when the babysitting plans don’t work out as expected, let’s rush Iris to Åland, a place Iris doesn’t know anything about, but where she finds out her roots and where she grows up to be a child she’s never had.

Iris, who has lived as an only child in the Stockholm milieu and has been in contact with artists’ circles, thus ends up in the Grand Duchy of Finland’s archipelago, where life is poor and uncomplicated. The clash of cultures is great and for the first time in her life, Iris has to create relationships with other children. Iris struggles to find her place in this new environment. (Source: Future Film)

Laulu koti-ikävästä elokuvan juliste

Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (Laulu koti-ikävästä)


The documentary film A song about homesickness tells the story of Kai Latvalehto, a musician from Oulu who grew up in two countries – Sweden and Finland. A middle-aged man makes a trip to his childhood landscapes in Gothenburg with his retired father Tauno Latvalehto. Father and son have a conversation during the car trip, remembering different stages of their lives. The music, made as live recordings of the film, accompanies the development of the story from the 1970s to the present day.