Films

Euthanizer

Euthanizer, "Armomurhaaja"

Synopsis

Director

Anyone raised on the exploitation movies of Roger Corman or Larry Cohen will respond immediately and affectionately to the polished grunge of „The Euthanizer“. Even the uninitiated will find themselves charmed by Teemu Nikki’s disturbing and hilarious third feature.

Veijo, played by Finnish character actor Matti Onnismaa in his first starring role, runs a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing – and sometimes just unwanted – pets. It’s not a wealthy region, and the local veterinarian charges far more than most can afford. Each commission also comes with a brutal lecture, as Veijo spills over with Old Testament-style indignation about what shoddy and appalling people his patrons are.

From the outset, it’s clear that our hero has dark secrets, but it’s only when he meets a young nurse (who tends to his catatonic father) and a seedy garage mechanic (who’s mixed up with a vicious gang of neo-Nazis) that Veijo’s carefully balanced, albeit deranged, life begins to show cracks.

Propelled by vibrant, B-movie enthusiasm, „The Euthanizer“ offers the brazen psychological insights and aesthetic brio of classic exploitation movies like „Cockfighter“ or „God Told Me To“. – Steve Gravestock, Toronto Film Festival

Teemu Nikki

(b. 1975) is a self-educated filmmaker and a son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed tens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos – and some feature films and tv shows too. Teemu’s work has been shortlisted and awarded in e.g. Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Cannes Young Directors and Porn Film Festival. His second full-length feature „Lovemilla“ (2015) was hit mostly of genre film festivals and it was screened also at PÖFF’s Midnight section.

Filmography

  • 3 Simoa (Simo Times Three, 2012)
  • Lovemilla (PÖFF 2015)
  • Armomurhaaja (Euthanizer, 2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
19:15 - 20:39
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011902
Sold out
19.11.2017
18:30 - 19:54
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 030302
Sold out
24.11.2017
19:45 - 21:09
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 081702
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 84 minutes
Language: Finnish
Director: Teemu Nikki
Producers: Jani Pösö, Marja Pihlaja
Writer: Teemu Nikki
DOP: Sari Aaltonen
Montage: Teemu Nikki
Composer: Kaukolampi / Puranen / KXP
Cast: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Pihla Penttinen, Heikki Nousiainen
Production: It's Alive Films
Festival: Toronto

Synopsis

Director

Anyone raised on the exploitation movies of Roger Corman or Larry Cohen will respond immediately and affectionately to the polished grunge of „The Euthanizer“. Even the uninitiated will find themselves charmed by Teemu Nikki’s disturbing and hilarious third feature.

Veijo, played by Finnish character actor Matti Onnismaa in his first starring role, runs a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing – and sometimes just unwanted – pets. It’s not a wealthy region, and the local veterinarian charges far more than most can afford. Each commission also comes with a brutal lecture, as Veijo spills over with Old Testament-style indignation about what shoddy and appalling people his patrons are.

From the outset, it’s clear that our hero has dark secrets, but it’s only when he meets a young nurse (who tends to his catatonic father) and a seedy garage mechanic (who’s mixed up with a vicious gang of neo-Nazis) that Veijo’s carefully balanced, albeit deranged, life begins to show cracks.

Propelled by vibrant, B-movie enthusiasm, „The Euthanizer“ offers the brazen psychological insights and aesthetic brio of classic exploitation movies like „Cockfighter“ or „God Told Me To“. – Steve Gravestock, Toronto Film Festival

Teemu Nikki

(b. 1975) is a self-educated filmmaker and a son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed tens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos – and some feature films and tv shows too. Teemu’s work has been shortlisted and awarded in e.g. Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Cannes Young Directors and Porn Film Festival. His second full-length feature „Lovemilla“ (2015) was hit mostly of genre film festivals and it was screened also at PÖFF’s Midnight section.

Filmography

  • 3 Simoa (Simo Times Three, 2012)
  • Lovemilla (PÖFF 2015)
  • Armomurhaaja (Euthanizer, 2017)