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Toivola
Toivola
Eleganssi
Eleganssi
Eleganssi
Kaisa Astikainen

Heart of the Land
(Toivola)

Finland 2016
In Finnish, English subtitles
30 min
Documentary
For audiences of all ages

'A couple runs a small dairy farm somewhere in the heart of the Finnish countryside. The work of generations will soon come to its end, as their retirement is approaching and there's no one left to continue the family tradition. But for one last year everything continues the same; the seasons change, and the days are filled with labor. A film about love for the land, the richness of everyday life, and the sadness of letting go.'
Production notes

Director: Kaisa Astikainen
Screenplay: Nina Ijäs, Kaisa Astikainen
Production: Kaisa Astikainen
Print: Toivola-filmi


Virpi Suutari

Eleganssi

Finland 2016
In Finnish & in Swedish, English subtitles
26 min
Documentary short
For audiences of all ages

'Making its premiere at the 2016 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Virpi Suutari's Eleganssi is a twenty-six minute documentary that offers a glimpse into the gentlemen's hunting culture of the Finnish upper class, wherein smartly dressed men and their purebred hounds walk the winter landscape in search of their elusive game, grey partridge and pheasant. The film is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of this unique hunting tradition-which is distinct from most American iterations insofar as it truly is an exclusive club and fraternity reserved for the wealthy-that gleefully delights in nature, beauty, and community.'
Blaine Grimes, Reel World Theology

Director: Virpi Suutari
Screenplay: Virpi Suutari
Production: Virpi Suutari / Euphoria Film
Print: Euphoria Film

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