Kino Iglu's spring season concluded with Calamari Union
Kino Iglu's spring season of 2018 ended on Saturday 19 May with Aki Kaurismäki's Calamari Union. Together with Kino Iglu's brownie sales manager, academic Aki Kaurismäki, the movie was presented by Mato Valtonen and Sakari Kuosmanen, who appear in the movie. In addition to them a few Franks and 140 spectators ventured, despite ruthless heat, into the Eldorado of movie, Karkkila.
The presenter trio prepared the audience for the movie by speakin about it's birth and it's significance to their own lives. 1985 definitely was a long time ago and now, after three decades, Calamari Union has pointed out it's significance and effectiveness. A good example were the Franks - Martela, Mäntymäki, Ranta and Leppänen - who attended the Q&A session after the movie and who had pondered the deepest questions of self because of Calamari Union, changing their names to Frank in the spirit of the movie. Probably nobody expected this when the movie was made.
In addition to the presentation and the movie, the show included Sakari Kuosmanen's and Mato Valtonen's musical performances. Rakkauden haudalla, Pariisi and Suuret setelit, as well as the musician's joint performance of Kuka mitä häh? sensitized the audience and put them in a good mood.
Kino Iglu's resumes it's operation in autumn.
|Presenters and Franks
Aki Kaurismäki, Sakari Kuosmanen and Mato Valtonen present the final movie of Kino Iglu's spring season!
Take out your sunglasses, because Kino Iglu's spring season ends dazzlingly with Aki Kaurismäki's movie Calamari Union (1985). The movie is a story about sixteen men, all named Frank except for one Pekka, who attempt to get from Kallio to Eira. Many of them fall on the way, but will anyone eventually get there? Or is Eira just an elusive dream, like Ithaca was for Odysseus? In any case the Franks wear sunglasses.
The movie, shown from film, will be presented by, as is the tradition in Kino Iglu's spring seasons, director Aki Kaurismäki and two of the Franks, Sakari Kuosmanen and Mato Valtonen. During the year Aki Kaurismäki has achieved fame with his newest movie The Other Side of Hope. Academic Kaurismäki has also been awarded the famed Medalla de Oro for his life's work. Other film makers previously given the award include legends such as Luis Bunuel, Manoel de Oliveira and Michael Haneke. The award is presented by Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, which was established in 1880 and is one of the most respected private art organizations in Spain. Sakari Kuosmanen and Mato Valtonen are known for their various roles in Aki Kaurismäki's movies and as singers and musicians in the bands Leningrad Cowboys and Sleepy Sleepers.
Kino Iglu's show on Saturday 19 May at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali (Anttilankatu 2-4
). Tickets 9€.
Suomen hauskin mies shown in Kino Iglu
Kino Iglu showed Heikki Kujanpää's fresh movie Suomen hauskin mies on Saturday 21 April. In addition to Kujanpää, who is from Karkkila, the presentation of the movie was done by the lead actor Martti Suosalo, an elite actor remembered from many unforgettable roles. The second scriptwriter Mikko Reitala was also scheduled to be present, but he had to cancel his visit.
In their presentation Kujanpää and Suosalo stressed particularly the historical background of the movie. Set in the year 1918 and in a prisoner of war camp for Red Guards during the Finnish Civil War, Suomen hauskin mies leans strongly on actual events, but the movie itself is fiction. Thus it's nobody's biography or a depiction of any specific historical event but a story assembled from several sources.
Suomen hauskin mies, which filled 280 seats in Karkkilasali, is so far the most successful show of the spring season, which is one movie away from it's conclusion, and that's no wonder. as the movie's assistant director Jouni Mutanen has said about Kujanpää's movie: "Already when I read the script, Suomen hauskin mies was such a great experience that for a couple of days my mind was totally racing. And it just gained more speed when during the summer I followed the millimetre-precise work of the director, actors and art department, as the spirit was blown into the text. Suomen hauskin mies is carved on the same stone as other everlasting bullseyes.".
The final movie of the season, Calamari Union, will be shown on 19 May at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali. The movie will be presented by Aki Kaurismäki, Mato Valtonen and Sakari Kuosmanen.
|Martti Suosalo and Heikki Kujanpää
New movie Suomen hauskin mies ( "The funniest man in Finland" ) in Kino Iglu! Presented by Martti Suosalo, Heikki Kujanpää and Mikko Reitala!
New movie Suomen hauskin mies ( "The funniest man in Finland" ) in Kino Iglu! Presented by Martti Suosalo, Heikki Kujanpää and Mikko Reitala!
Kino Iglu shows the movie Suomen hauskin mies, which premiered in March 2018 and is directed by Heikki Kujanpää. Living in Karkkila, Kujanpää has directed and written movies such as Pieni pyhiinvaellus ( "Small pilgrimage" ) and Putoavia enkeleitä ( "Falling angels" ) and TV productions such as Joulukuusivarkaat ( "Christmas tree thieves" ) and Taskuparkki ( "Parallel parking" ) during his varied career. He is also known as a theater director and an actor.
The current year has been a super-year for Kujanpää. After all, he has written and directed the TV series Donna and both the movie and a theater version of Suomen hauskin mies. The theater version is still shown in Helsinki City Theatre.
In Suomen hauskin mies POWs sentenced to death make a play to entertain their guards and the commander of the German troops in Finland to get a new trial for a reward. The group is led by Toivo Parikka, the eponymous funniest man in Finland. Small human actions get great significance and the comedy of the black humor-spiced movie comes from where the greatest pain originates: injustice and the fear of death. The movie's cast includes Martti Suosalo, Leena Pöysti, Jani Volanen, Paavo Kinnunen, Panu Vauhkonen, Jussi Lehtonen, Petri Kaukoranta and Karri "Paleface" Miettinen, among others.
The movie will be presented in Kino Iglu by leading actor Martti Suosalo, director and writer Heikki Kujanpää and co-writer Mikko Reitala. The show is arranged in co-operation with Kinotour.
To avoid queuing, it's recommended to buy tickets in advance from Karkkila's Aito Kulta.
Tickets 9€. Running time 103 minutes. Ages 12 and up.
Suomen hauskin mies in Kino Iglu on Saturday 21 April at 4:00 p.m. ( Karkkilasali, Anttilankatu 2-4 )
Inquiries: Mika / 044-467 5442
|Suomen hauskin mies
Destiny was shown in Kino Iglu
On Saturday 23 March Kino Iglu showed Youssef Chahine's Destiny
, presented by Esa Salovaara. Salovaara's introduction emphasized, instead of Destiny
, the director Chahine, his life and background. Born to a Christian family in Alexandria, Chahine was an important innovator for Arabic film industry, who bravely embraced difficult subjects as well while holding on tightly to humanity during his decades-long career. Destiny
shown in Kino Iglu is a kind of a reflection of this: in the Andalusia of the 12th century judge Averroes fights the hate and intolerance around him with love and understanding..
On Saturday 21 April Kino Iglu will show the new movie Suomen hauskin mies ( "The funniest man in Finland" ) from local director Heikki Kujanpää. In addition to director Kujanpää the show will be presented by actor Martti Suosalo and writer Mikko Reitala.
Poetic Arab movie in Kino Iglu!
Kino Iglu shows Al-Massir
from the most respected director of the Arab world. The 1997 movie is a combination of three themes:
It is a historic recollection of the Alexandria of Chahine's childhood where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in harmony with each other. Thus the movie is a praise for open-mindedness and tolerance, which have always been on short supply, like today.
The main character of the movie is philosopher and judge Averroes ( 1126 - 1198 ), whose main missions included finding a connection between Aristotle and the Koran. Averroes became the victim of the fanatics and political opportunists of his time and many of his writings and commentaries ended up being burned. Freedom of speech is one of the movie's themes.
Despite it's rather dark topic Chahine's late-period work is optimistic and has faith in life. Dancing and singing are the main weapons in fighting against fundamentalism and intolerance. How to get young men away from the hypnotic grip of extremist groups? The power of art and love are strongly present in the movie.
The movie will be presented by Esa Salovaara, a professional on library business from Jyväskylä, for whom the Midnight Sun Film Festival has been a movie school. He has been there 27 times, so that already makes it justified to call him a cinephile: a person who wants to watch and does watch a lot of movies. To whom movies are a part of blood circulation like hemoglobin.
"I think movies are meant to be watched on silver screen, preferrably as film copies. The situation of watching a movie is a collective dream." Esa Salovaara notes, and that's what Kino Iglu's shows are all about.
The movie's running time is 135 minutes. Shown from 35 mm film. Rated for ages 12 and up.
Film club Kino Iglu's show on Saturday 24 March at 4:00 p.m. ( Karkkilasali, Anttilankatu 2 - 4 )
A series of short movies assembled by Risto Jarva society shown in Kino Iglu!
Kino Iglu's show of February was a series of historical Finnish short movies. The series, assembled by Risto Jarva society, was presented by film director Ville Suhonen, and in addition to him, the musical duo LauNau, Laura Naukkarinen (piano) and Topias Tiheäsalo (guitar), stepped on the stage to add live music to the first five films of the silent era. These films from the dawn of the independent Finland let us, for example, meet Jean Sibelius at his home and see Helsinki during winter.
At the start of the show Ville Suhonen stated that assembling the series was not hard because of the uneven quality of Finnish short movies. From his opinion, the most striking works were the earliest ones from the silent era: they were actually more modern than the newer ones. This was indeed noticeable, for example when watching Aho's and Soldan's Kun elohopea laskee ("When the mercury drops") from 1933: the camera moves smoothly and freely among skaters, as if it was one of them.
In addition to the five lsilent films boosted with live music, twelve more short movies from different decades were also shown. These included two movies from Aki Kaurismäki: Rocky VI and These Boots.
Kino Iglu's movie of March will be Youssef Chahine's Destiny from 1997. It will be shown on March 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali from 35 mm film.
Film director Ville Suhonen and music from LauNau in Kino Iglu!
On Saturday 20 February Kino Iglu shows From Tervanpoltto to Rocky VI - a series of short movies from independent Finland from the years 1916 - 1986.
The series of short movies, assembled by the Risto Jarva society, tells something of our country that long feature films may not necessarily be able to tell. They give hints about what has been most important for Finns more broadly. What were we like? What did we become?
Ville Suhonen, the guest presenter, has noted:
"Behind short movies we find the past, of which we are made. The mirror of the history is in the lens of the camera. While watching this special series many viewers return to the time when everything was still ahead.".
Ville Suhonen is a film director, screenwriter and a producer, who has taken part in making 30 short movies, documentaries and music videos. In 1998 Suhonen wrote and co-directed Poika ja ilves. His documentaries Metsän tarina (2012) and Ompelijatar (2015) have also been successful.
The silent films will be accompanied by the music of the duo LauNau, which includes Laura Naukkarinen ( piano ) and Topias Tiheäsalo ( guitar ).
Singer-songwriter Naukkarinen's fifth record Poseidon was nominated for Emma-gaala in 2018. Drummer Samuli Kosminen, originating Karkkila, also plays in the record.
Tickets 5€. A cafeteria will be present.
The short movies that will be shown:
Tervanpolttoa Lapissa (1918)
Kiljusen pojat koulussa (1921) ohj. Jalmari Finne
Jean Sibelius kotonaan (1927) ohj. Aho & Soldan
Ravintolayleisö kameran silmällä (1930) ohj. Valentin Vaala
Kun elohopea laskee (1933) ohj. Aho & Soldan
Finlandia-katsaus 7 (1943) ohj. Björn Soldan
Kansa siirtyy rauhan töihin (1946) ohj. Holger Harrivirta
Aamua kaupungissa (1954) ohj. Jörn Donner
Työtä Ylioppilasteatterissa (1961) ohj. Risto Jarva
Ovi (1965) ohj. Erkko Kivikoski
Hyppy (1965) ohj. Eino Ruutsalo
Eläköön nuoruus! (1968) ohj. Jaakko Pakkasvirta
Ampumarata (1969) ohj. Eila Kaarresalo-Kasari
Elsa (1981) ohj. Marja Pensala
Rock’y VI (1986) ohj. Aki Kaurismäki
These Boots (1994) Aki Kaurismäki
|From Tervanpoltto to Rocky VI
Movie director Teemu Nikki as the guest presenter in Kino Iglu
On 20 January Kino Iglu showed Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Grave Robbers from Outer Space, which has been called the "world's worst film" many times. Proof of this was received on Saturday in the form of spacecraft flying at the end of strings and a shower curtain used as the back wall of an airplane. The movie was also missing tension and emotions the viewers could identify and get carried away with. Indeed, the film was mostly just meaningless wandering in a graveyard, just like in Visa Mäkinen's movies, in which, however, people are driving a car from point A to point B.
Ed Wood's movie has a lot of unintended comedy, but also other reaches movie director Teemu Nikki highlighted in his presenting speech.
"It surely wasn't easy to make movies in the 1950s and 1960s with a budget of 60 000 dollars. Film was expensive, so Ed Wood couldn't afford more than one take of every scene. Thus it's no wonder that the microphone is sometimes visible in the picture and the props sway around." Nikki noted.
On Nikki's mind Ed Wood had the same kind of passion for making movies than Orson Welles, even though the quality of their products is slightly different. The love for movies is the main reason for making them both then and today, and there's always shortage of money, even though modern technology helps in technical matters.
Of the movie's cast Nikki mentioned i.a. Swedish professional wrestler Tor Johnson, whose scar changes spot on his face due to allergic reactions that occurred during the filming, and Maila Nurmi, or Vampira, who claimed to have been born in Finland. Vampira had refused to speak in the movie since the lines written for her were so poor.
The biggest name in the movie was the original silent film Dracula, Bela Lugosi, who died during the filming. There has been a lot of speculation that Ed Wood took advantage of his morphine-addicted friend, but Nikki thinks that's not the whole truth: Wood was a fan of Lugosi and wanted to be near him also in the form of making a movie.
There were about 50 viewers at Kino Iglu's show and instead of brownies, chocolate-coated dry cake was sold.
Kino Iglu starts its spring season with the "worst movie in the world".
Film club Kino Iglu's shows in Karkkilasali resume on 21 January with Ed Wood's film Plan 9 from Outer Space
( 1959 ). The camp classic shown from film is the legendary main work of Ed Wood, the pioneer of DIY movies, which has often been called world's worst movie.
In the movie one can spot paper plates hovering at the end of strings and a killer octopus acting like an official. The plot is nothing but a parade of puzzling moments. Space aliens are worried about nuclear tests carried out on Earth. The aliens, afraid that a special bomb created by scientists will destroy sunlight, initiate plan number nine.
A glimpse of the silent movie star Bela Lugosi is seen in the movie: he died during the filming, thinking he was making some completely different movie. From Finnish perspective a point of interest is the Petsamo-born hourglass body Vampira aka Maila Nurmi ( 1921- 2008 ), who was nominated for an Emmy award in 1954 for her TV show The Vampira Show.
The guest presenter in Kino Iglu will be movie director and screenwriter Teemu Nikki. Nikki, who has made dozens of movies, is known for, for example, the TV show #lovemilla, which won the Kultainen Venla for the best children's and teenager's show in 2013 and 2014. Nikki's 2017 movie Euthanizer has performed well in Finland and has caught international attention as well.
Kino Iglu's film show is on Saturday 20 January at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali ( Anttilankatu 2-4
). Tickets cost 5 €.
Season tickets and advance tickets can be bought from Karkkila's Aito Kulta. Tickets can also be reserved at www.kinoiglu.fi