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1 A Short History of Finnish Cinema Sodankylä Juha Oravala Elävää Kuvaa -projekti

2 • THE EARLY DAYS IN FINNISH CINEMA • First public projections in the 1890’s with the Lumiére -brothers’ cinematographe • The first filmed movie in 1904 • The first drama film Salaviinan polttajat (1907) by Teuvo Puro and Frans Engström

3 • Not any of the films made 1910 or earlier have preserved • In the development of making of films Finland was a few decades behind the other Nordic countries • But in organizing the film-screenings Finland was well developed. In 1917 there were 29 film-theaters in Helsinki

4 • The most known silent films Ollin oppivuodet (1920, dir. Teuvo Puro), Nummisuutarit (1923, dir. Erkki Karu) • Two major film-companies in Finland: a) Suomi-Filmi - founded 1919 by Erkki Karu b) Suomen Filmiteollisuus 1933

5 • Begun from the ‘30s and continued up to the 1950’s • The era of two big film- studios, which functioned likewise in Hollywood - film- making was under producers’ supervision • Suomen Filmiteollisuus were managed by T.J. Särkkä ( ) who was also the most productive Finnish film- director, overall 52 feature films The golden era of Finnish film

6 • The first sound film, Sano se suomeksi (Say it in Finnish, 1931) • Influences from abroad - genre-films, but nationally characteristic themes • Popular genres - romantic comedies, log floater-films, melodramas • Valentin Vaala ( ), director - 45 feature films

7 • Vaimoke (Substitute wife, 1936, dir. Valentin Vaala) - the most loved Finnish movie-stars Tauno Palo ( ) and Ansa Ikonen ( ) • Kulkurin Valssi (The Vagabond’s Valse, 1941, dir. T.J.Särkkä)

8 • Also independent film-makers outside the big studios • Nyrki Tapiovaara ( ) - 5 feature films • Teuvo Tulio (Theodor Tugai, ) - was born in St. Petersburg, spent his childhood in Latvia • Tulio - a master of fateful melodramas and film noir - begun to work with Valentin Vaala - made 17 feature films of his own

9 • sample 1: Teuvo Tulio: Levoton veri (Le sang sans repos, 1946)

10 • In the 1950’s was made many golden classics • Tuntematon sotilas (Unknown Soldier, 1955, dir. Edvin Laine) - Berlin International Film Festival (OCIC award), 6 Jussi awards (Finnish Film award) • Valkoinen peura (The White Reindeer, 1951, dir. Erik Blomberg) - International Prize in 1953 Cannes Film Festival, 1957 Golden Globe award

11 • The golden era of Finnish cinema turned down in the late 1950’s • Film-companies begun to produce more folksy comedies • Rillumarei - musical-comedy - genre • Rovaniemen markkinoilla (1951, dir. Armand Lohikoski)

12 • Pekka and Pätkä - comedy-series - for both children and grown-ups • Sunday -afternoon matineas - the beginning of a child- audience

13 The Finnish New Wave • The new generation of film-critics and cinefiles - the auteur-policy • The crucial meaning of film-clubs and the Finnish film-archive (f. 1957) - One of its founders was Jörn Donner (b. 1933) - a writer, film-director, producer, former politician (parliamentarian, a member of European Parliament, diplomat) - writen 49 books, 28 short-, TV- and feature films - has achieved the only Oscar-award in Finland - as a producer of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (1982)

14 • Risto Jarva ( ) - a director (22 films), script- writer, producer and cultural-politician - a co- founder of film-company Filminor • Strong influences from the French New Wave and Jean-Luc Godard • In his films Jarva dealt with the current social problems and explored many sociological questions

15 • sample 2: Risto Jarva: Onnenpeli (Les jeux du hasard, 1965)

16 • Mikko Niskanen ( ) director, actor, writer, producer - directed 27 feature and tv-films • Kahdeksan surmanluotia (Eight Deadly Shots, 1972)

17 Successors of the 1970’s and 80’s • Pertti ”Spede” Pasanen ( ) - a comedian, actor, writer and producer • Uuno Turhapuro -series, acted by Vesa-Matti Loiri (b. 1945) • Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä (Numbskull Emptybrook in the army, 1984) - the most succesful Finnish film in the number of spectators

18 • The government support for cinema grew up and a new generation of filmmakers made their debuts • Tapio Suominen (b.1946) - director, writer, editor, producer - directed 14 feature films and tv-series • Täältä tullaan, elämä! (Right on, man!, 1980) - a youth-film

19 • Mika Kaurismäki (b. 1955) - director, producer, writer, editor - directed 30 feature and short films, debute Arvottomat (The Worthless, 1982) • Aki Kaurismäki (b. 1957) - director, writer, producer, editor, actor - directed 28 short and feature films - debute feature Rikos ja rangaistus (Crime and Punishment, 1983)

20 • sample 3: Mika Kaurismäki: Arvottomat (The Worthless, 1982)

21 • sample 4: Aki Kaurismäki: Varjoja paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise, 1986)

22 The new boom of Finnish cinema • The wide audience found cinema again • The filmmakers took nationally meaningful subjects and characters for the narration of films • ”nostalgia boom” • Markku Pölönen: Onnen maa (The Land of Happiness, 1993) • Tradional Finnish elements as symbols

23 • The difference between ”high and low” have blurred • The difference between critics and the ordinary spectators have grown? • Critical films or the ones with a social message are not produced in the new feature films - without a few exceptions (Auli Mantila, Jarmo Lampela) • With the new boom the field opened for female filmmakers - for example Auli Mantila, Kaisa Rastimo and Taru Mäkelä made their feature debuts

24 • sample 5: Auli Mantila: Pelon maantiede (Geography of Fear, 2000)

25 • The new generation of filmmakers who got their influences from the contemporary cinema and american action movies • For example Aleksi Mäkelä (b.1969) - 25 tv-series and feature films and A.J.Annila (b. 1977) - 2 feature films

26 • sample 6: A.J.Annila: Jadesoturi (Jade Warrior, 2006)

27 • Markus Selin (b. 1960), a producer and founder of Solar Films • Renny Harlin (b. 1959), a director, producer - directed 22 feature and tv-films, for example Die Hard 2 (1990) and Cliffhanger (1993) • Solar Films is specialized in genre-films - especially in American action movie

28 • Aleksi Mäkelä: Häjyt (The Tough Ones, 1999) • Härmän häjyt -legend: bunch of ruffians who wandered the Ostrobothnian villages, carried a knife and wore traditional ostrobothnian outfit - waistcoat (its later referent Jussi-sweater), hat and boots

29 • sample 7: Aleksi Mäkelä: Pahat pojat (Bad Boys, 2002)

30 • In Finnish cinema exists a long tradition of documentary film • Mainstream cinema nowadays doesn’t allow a different kind of stories and point of views • Documentarists use also critical, socially commentative and experimental visions, which would be difficult to produce with feature film • Documentary cinema has a wide markets of its own - films are also usually co-productions • In the contemporary Finnish documentary there is a lot of blurring of boundaries - for example between document and fiction - also experimental and aesthetic cinematography

31 • sample 8: Mika Ronkainen: Huutajat - Screaming men (2003)


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