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AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Jessica Oreck
  • Country: Finland
In the forests of Finnish Lapland, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding. These modern cowboys maintain an intricate bond with the environment that has allowed them to preserve their lifestyle in one of the harshest climates imaginable. Jessica Oreck’s intimate, gorgeously lensed documentary follows the brothers for a year, sharing in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life above the Arctic Circle. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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BEGINNING FILMMAKING

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 23 minutes
  • Directed By: Jay Rosenblatt
  • Country: USA and Finland
Beginning Filmmaking takes us through one year of trying to teach a preschooler how to make a film, demonstrating both the joys and frustrations of being a parent and of being a child, and that old or young, you really do have to be careful what you wish for. | Read More
Documentary
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FREETIME MACHOS

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Directed By: Mika Ronkainen
  • Country: Germany and Finland
Matti and Mikko play for Finland's worst amateur rugby team. Overworked and domesticated, the two men long for a space to revel in their masculinity and bond with other men. Following the two friends and their teammates on a quest to end the season with just a single win, award-winning writer/director Mika Ronkainen (Screaming Men) crafts a genuine and disarmingly funny love story about modern male friendship. | Read More
Sports and Documentary
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I WON'T COME BACK

Aloof graduate student Anya is on the run from the police when she encounters precocious and willful Kristina, an orphan determined to find her grandmother in Kazakhstan. The unlikely pair begin a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey, hitchhiking across the epic landscapes of Russia and its neighboring countries. I Won't Come Back is a visceral look at survival and a heartfelt exploration into the depths of friendship and the meaning of family. | Read More
Drama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, Friendship
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KAKARA

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Directed By: Kimmo Yläkäs
  • Country: Finland
A man drags his girlfriend to the hospital for an abortion, but while sitting in a waiting room, he meets a girl who just might change his mind. A short and sharp comedy with a poignant edge.

Screening in Shorts Program: Soul Survivors | Read More
Drama
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LOVE & ENGINEERING

Is there an algorithm for love? Atanas, a Bulgarian engineer living in Finland, is determined to find out. With the help of some of his geeky bachelor friends, he sets up a series of experiments to crack the code and develop a new, scientific approach to dating. This charming and lighthearted documentary follows Atanas and company as they research pheromones, chart brain waves, and try out “hacks” on blind dates in their quest to find romance in the modern world. | Read More
Comedy, Documentary, Romantic Comedy, Relationships, Science/Technology
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MAMA AFRICA

Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read More
Documentary and Music
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RAT KING

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Petri Kotwica
  • Country: Finland
Eighteen-year-old Juri spends his days absorbed in his computer gaming world, to the exclusion of school, friends, and ultimately his exasperated girlfriend. When his internet ally Niki turns up at his door fearing for his life because of a mysterious new online game, Juri eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole. In this taut, violent thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as Juri and Niki are drawn into its increasingly morbid world. | Read More
Horror and Thriller
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TOM OF FINLAND

This is the true story of cult artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. From Finnish army uniforms to motorcycle leathers, Tom finds inspiration in his European post-war surroundings, even as conservative Finland is not quite ready for his transgressive work. Eventually Tom and his art make their way to dazzling Los Angeles in time for the sexual revolution and its aftermath. | Read More
Drama and LGBT

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