Jörn Donner

Perkele 2 - Kuvia Suomesta

2017 Finland
87min • Finnish. English subtitles
Theme: Opening and closing films
15.11.2017 | Time: 19.00 | Venue: Tapio 1 | BUY TICKET

Finland: the slightly mangy centenarian that’s beautiful in an ugly way.

”Yeah, shit happens”, states a truck driver about his wife’s death and encapsulates something integral (both good and bad) about the Finnish mindset. The youth in the counties make plans about vocational school and an escape from their home village. The youth in the capital aim for university, a career in finance and a life in the US where taxes are lower. A middle-aged man gets a wife from Vietnam. A middle-aged woman describes her breakdown in the morning and how she manages to hold it together with tranquilizers. The doctor wants to send her home. The borders seem unsafe again and people want them closed. 

Controversial, provocative but as virile as ever, Jörn Donner is back and presents to us an unapologetic view of the hundred-year-old Finland. Is it worth staying, living, fucking and dying in Finland; the film seeks answers from cities and villages from all over the country. In the end, it is up to the viewer to answer that question. 

The film essay is a sequel to the 1971 classic, Perkele! Kuvia Suomesta. It is still same country but at the same time it is very different.