Films

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier, "Tuntematon sotilas"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

There are stories that every generation should tell themselves.
The present does not erase history, but certain things fade away and are left in the background.

„The Unknown Soldier“ is an explosive war drama about a platoon of Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviets in the Second World War.

Based on the best-selling novel by Väinö Linna and drawing from the author’s own experiences, „The Unknown Soldier’s“ historical accuracy embraces the harsh realities of war–gritty and realistic, yet an unpolitical and humane account. The story revolves around a diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause. Warm humour, camaraderie, and basic survival instincts are requisite for them to retain their humanity on the excruciating journey to Russia and back again.

As a part of the Finland 100 Programme this war movie is the third that was filmed based on Väino Linna’s novel, published in 1954. Earlier „The Unknown Soldier“ has been made into a film twice – in 1955 (director Edvin Laine) and in 1985 (director Rauni Mollberg). The earlier version is the most popular film in the Finnish cinema history so far, gaining the most viewers of all times.

Aku Louhimies

(b. 1968) has risen to the top echelon of Finnish movie directors during the last decade. He gained professional skills and experience while working on several popular TV-series in the 1990s. His debut feature film „Restless“ (2000) was a major box office hit, just like his second feature „Lovers & Leavers“ (2002) and „Frozen Land“ (2005). His next movie „Exposed Man“ was selected at PÖFF competition programme in 2006. „The Unknown Soldier“ is Louhimies’ ninth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Levottomat (Rahutud, PÖFF 2000)
  • Kuutamolla (Kuuvalgel, PÖFF 2002)
  • Paha maa (PÖFF 2005)
  • Valkoinen kaupunki (Jäine linn, 2006)
  • Riisuttu mies (Lahtikistud mees, PÖFF 2006)
  • Käsky (Tears of April, 2008)
  • Vuosaari (Naked Harbour, 2012)
  • 8-pallo (8-pall, PÖFF 2013)
  • Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, 2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
21:00 - 23:33
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 071502
Guests (5)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Aku Louhimies, Cast Juho Milonoff, Cast Samuli Vauramo, Cast Andrei Alén, Cast Johannes Holopainen
Introductory remarks by H.E. Ms. Kristi Narinen, Ambassador of Finlandia
25.11.2017
20:00 - 22:13
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 090902
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Opening film of Finland 100 programme

Film info

Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 133 minutes
Language: Finnish
Director: Aku Louhimies
Producers: Aku Louhimies, Mikko Tenhunen
Writers: Aku Louhimies, Jari Olavi Rantala
DOP: Mika Orasmaa
Montage: Ben Mercer
Composer: Lasse Enersen
Cast: Eero Aho, Aku Hirviniemi, Jussi Vatanen, Joonas Saartamo, Johannes Holopainen
Production: Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017

Synopsis

Director

There are stories that every generation should tell themselves.
The present does not erase history, but certain things fade away and are left in the background.

„The Unknown Soldier“ is an explosive war drama about a platoon of Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviets in the Second World War.

Based on the best-selling novel by Väinö Linna and drawing from the author’s own experiences, „The Unknown Soldier’s“ historical accuracy embraces the harsh realities of war–gritty and realistic, yet an unpolitical and humane account. The story revolves around a diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause. Warm humour, camaraderie, and basic survival instincts are requisite for them to retain their humanity on the excruciating journey to Russia and back again.

As a part of the Finland 100 Programme this war movie is the third that was filmed based on Väino Linna’s novel, published in 1954. Earlier „The Unknown Soldier“ has been made into a film twice – in 1955 (director Edvin Laine) and in 1985 (director Rauni Mollberg). The earlier version is the most popular film in the Finnish cinema history so far, gaining the most viewers of all times.

Aku Louhimies

(b. 1968) has risen to the top echelon of Finnish movie directors during the last decade. He gained professional skills and experience while working on several popular TV-series in the 1990s. His debut feature film „Restless“ (2000) was a major box office hit, just like his second feature „Lovers & Leavers“ (2002) and „Frozen Land“ (2005). His next movie „Exposed Man“ was selected at PÖFF competition programme in 2006. „The Unknown Soldier“ is Louhimies’ ninth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Levottomat (Rahutud, PÖFF 2000)
  • Kuutamolla (Kuuvalgel, PÖFF 2002)
  • Paha maa (PÖFF 2005)
  • Valkoinen kaupunki (Jäine linn, 2006)
  • Riisuttu mies (Lahtikistud mees, PÖFF 2006)
  • Käsky (Tears of April, 2008)
  • Vuosaari (Naked Harbour, 2012)
  • 8-pallo (8-pall, PÖFF 2013)
  • Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, 2017)