The Saimaa Gesture

Sat 21.8.2021 at 21:00
(Marko Haavisto duo will start at 20:00)

Movie picnic, Riihisaari

Director: Mika Kaurismäki, Aki Kaurismäki

Writer: Mika Kaurismäki, Aki Kaurismäki

Cinematography: Lasse Naukkarinen, Timo Salminen, Toni Sulzbeck, Olli Varja

Editing: Antti Kari

Music: Hassisen Kone, Juice Leskinen, Eppu Normaali

Sound Design: Veikko Aaltonen, Mikael Sievers

Production: Mika Kaurismäki, Aki Kaurismäki

1981 / Finland

Length: 121 min

Language: Finnish, English

Subtitles: -

Classification: U


Summer, comrades, and lemonade from a glass bottle. It is the year 1981 and the Kaurismäki brothers Aki and Mika are making their first feature film on board of S/S Heinävesi steamship. Alongside them there are three Finnish rock bands Juice Leskinen Slam, Hassisen Kone and Eppu Normaali. They anchor the sympathetic steamship to the summery port towns to have a party in the local clubs and festivals. What can you hear and see happening on stage and behind the stage, or on the ship’s deck and under it?

The subtle graininess of the film leads you to feel and smell the fresh and cool waters of Saimaa. Almost to a point where you would like to push the sweaty Martti Syrjä off board. There is something very familiar about that time. It’s those many evergreen classics you hear under the season that we all yearn for throughout the rest of the year. This music documentary of summery Finland brings joy, sadness and a vast variation of other emotions.

Text: Ella Karttunen

Time: 21.8. circa at 21:00

Place: Movie Picnic, Riihisaari