Eastern Memories is an unexpected road movie into the Far East of Mongolia and Japan. Seamlessly intertwining the past and the present into a visually stunning journey of adventure and exploration, love and death, conspiracies and the fall of nations. All told by a dead Finn from the distant north.
It is also the story of Finnish linguist and diplomat G. J. Ramstedt and his travels into the age old world of beliefs and traditions of the late 19th century, a world replaced today by market economy. He witnessed the events that changed the past one hundred years, and now he reminds us of why we are here today.
Martti Kaartinen is a filmmaker and scriptwriter. He has acted as a lead in several awarded short films and is currently involved in various film projects as a director, writer and actor. Martti is currently based in Berlin.
Niklas Kullström is a producer, director, DoP and media artist with a BA in aesthetics and a MA in fine art photography. Niklas is the founder of Hillstream Pictures, which specializes in hard to realize docs and features.
Eastern Memories is both Kaartinen’s and Kullström’s debut film as a director.