Finland, 2012, 110 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Dance/Music, Road Movie
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Audience Choice Award, St. Petersburg International Film Festival
A prodigal father returns to Helsinki to reconnect with the son he abandoned 35 years earlier and con him into a journey towards the Arctic Circle in this jaunty comedy. Overweight and shambling but still charismatic, Leo (Finnish national treasure Vesa-Matti Loiri) has lived to pursue pleasure, always fleeing when he encountered problems. Now, as he nears the end of his metaphoric road, he wants to patch up all the potholes, although in his own unconventional, not necessarily legal way.
His son Timo is a concert pianist, and seems to be Leo's polar opposite: uptight, bound by rules, appointments and a constantly buzzing cell-phone. But out on the highway in the red Catalina convertible that Leo steals for the ride, Timo soon proves a chip off the old block.
Director Mika Kaurismaki's best films have dealt with music or road trips. Road North combines both elements along with plenty of heart and was one of Finland’s biggest box office hits of the past year.
Actors Irina Björklund and Peter Franzen expected to attend January 4 screening
DIRECTOR: Mika Kaurismäki
Producer: Mika Kaurismäki
Editor: Jukka Nykänen
Screenwriter: Sami Keski-Vähälä, Mika Kaurismäki
Cinematographer: Jari Mutikainen
Music: Ilari Edelman, Kaihon Karavaani, Mauri Sumén
Principal Cast: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Samuli Edelmann, Mari Perankoski, Irina Björklund, Peter Franzen, Elina Knihtilä
Filmography: Brothers (2011), Mama Africa (2011), Sonic Mirror (2006), Honey Baby (2003), Moro No Brasil (2002), Highway Society (1999), L.A. Without a Map (1998), Condition Red (1995), Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made (1994)
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