• Play God

    2010. Finland. Teemu Nikki. 39 min.

  • Bohemian Eyes

    2010. Finland. Janne Kuusi. 75 min.

U.S. premiere

Friday, June 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Play God

    2010. Finland. Directed by Teemu Nikki. Following his dream of making a Finnish splatter movie, young filmmaker Nikki amassed a large crew, many props, and a stellar Finnish cast. Shot on a minimal budget, with little prior experience, over long hours in the cold and snowy Finnish landscape, the film moved forward with unstoppable energy despite an array of messy mishaps. Nikki candidly looks back at his dream, with commentary from cast and crew on what went wrong—very wrong—in the process. In Finnish; English subtitles. 39 min.

  • Bohemian Eyes

    2010. Finland. Directed by Janne Kuusi. Bohemian Eyes is a portrait of Matti Pellonpaa (1951–1995), one of Finland’s most beloved stage and film actors. A natural bohemian and comic everyman, Pellonpaa famously made numerous appearances in the films of Mika and Aki Kurismaki; Aki based a recurring character (who appeared in some 18 films) on Pellonpaa's unique acting style, and Pellonpaa won the 1992 European Film Award for Best Actor for Aki’s La Vie de Boheme. Kuusi, who met and befriended Pellonpaa when they were students at theater school, interweaves anecdotes from Pellonpaa's many friends—fellow actors, directors, and life partner—with film footage, from famous roles to early student films. In Finnish; English subtitles. 75 min.

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