Heart of a Lion

Heart of a Lion  {Leijonasydän}
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Heart of a Lion
Finland, 2013, 99 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Sweden
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, Political, Romance
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles

That neo-Nazis are alive and well in Scandinavia is not news, but the way director Dome Karukoski deals with the subject is. While pulling no punches in his depiction of despicable neo-Nazi behavior and attitudes, his focus is on the possibility of restoring humanity to the inhuman. Teppo (Peter Franzén) and waitress Sari (Laura Birn) fall for each other, despite two insurmountable obstacles: he’s a neo-Nazi straight out of prison and she’s the mother of a young boy of African descent…

“Karukoski… has taken on the country’s neo-Nazi issues and brought them very close to home in this strange hybrid of a film [that]… finds a way to mix hatred with humor, particularly as stepdad and son go from adversaries to allies… It’s a highly combustible topic… but despite [the violence] there is a lot of heart and warmth here too. Heart of a Lion is clever in the way it casts the idea of ‘the Fatherland’ against that of ‘fatherhood,’ with Franzén excellent as the man in the middle.”
- Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Dome Karukoski
Producer: Aleksi Bardy
Editor: Harri Ylonen
Screenwriter: Aleksi Bardy
Cinematographer: Hena Blomberg
Music: Jean Paul Wall
Principal Cast: Peter Franzén, Laura Birn, Jasper Paakonen, Yusufa Sidibeth
Filmography: Lapland Odyssey (2010)
Forbidden Fruit (2009)
Home of the Dark Butterflies (2008)
Beauty and the Bastard (2005)

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