The opening screening of Finnish Film Affair, and the Finnish Gala of HIFF – Love & Anarchy, is Teemu Nikki’s fiction feature Death Is a Problem for the Living.
The cheapest drivers in the hearse business, gambling addict Risto Kivi and his friend, the 85% brainless man Arto Niska, have found themselves in a situation where everything has gone wrong, and they are in need of a fresh start. Death Is a Problem for the Living is a film about addiction, friendship and carrying dead bodies.
The opening screenings will be held on Wednesday 20 September at Bio Rex and Savoy.
This year Finnish Film Affair is bringing back market screenings! During the three-day event, FFA will host three market screenings in Punavuori’s charismatic Riviera theatre. The market screenings will feature Family Time, Homecoming, and Light Light Light.
10:00 Market Screening: Family Time (1h 54 mins, Riviera Punavuori)
12:15 Market Screening: Light Light Light (1h 31 mins, Riviera Punavuori)
10:00 Market Screening: Homecoming (1h 15min, Riviera Punavuori)
The cheapest drivers in the hearse business, gambling addict Risto Kivi and his friend, the 85% brainless man Arto Niska, have found themselves in a situation where everything has gone wrong, and they are in need of a fresh start. Death Is a Problem for The Living is a film about addiction, friendship and carrying dead bodies.
The film is set in the museum world, just at a turning point, where national museums have to deal with their colonialistic history. The National Museum of Finland returned thousands of everyday objects taken from the indigenous Sámi people back to them.
Filmmaker Suvi West takes the audience behind the scenes of the museum world, revealing a visual, philosophical, and spiritual realm. She seeks a connection with ancestors through old museum objects, eventually arriving at the collective pain points of the Sámi people. How can the damage caused by outsiders be repaired so that collective pains can be left behind?
A family comes together for the holidays, but before long starts falling apart. Just like every year, middle-aged sisters Susanna and Helena visit their parents’ house with their families. But just like every year, Grandpa Lasse drinks too much, Grandma Ella has to take care of everyone, the kids are fed up and the sisters argue about the most pointless things. After Christmas, everyone separates and returns to their everyday lives.
Tia Kouvo’s bitingly humorous, universally poignant debut digs into a question we can all relate to: Are we destined to remain stuck in the same patterns or can we ever change – and at last become a happy family?
In the spring of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant occurs an explosion. At the same time a girl called Mimi arrives in a small village in western Finland, and immediately fills fifteen-year-old Mariia’s life with radiating light. Twenty years later Mariia visits her childhood home and memories from the summer of her youth start rising to the surface, forcing Mariia to face her past.
The summer Mariia and Mimi got to spend together two decades ago was full of fierce joy but it ended tragically. Years after the tragedy Mariia needs to remember the light so that she can also accept the dark in her past and be able to forgive. Light Light Light is a film about first love and how blinding it can be and how long the shadows from it can grow.