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About Finnish Manhood Samuli Salonen

Finnish male poses: by the water, in front of the sauna, in the forest. They just stand there. But one can listen to them. They talk about closed-off feelings. And the desire to open up.

About Finnish Manhood

Documentary Film
Finland
2019
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Samuli Salonen (Kino Euphoria)
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
One is staring out at the sea. The other is standing in the forest. One is trying to throw a basket. And there, in front of the sauna hut, someone is leaning against the railing. Men. Finnish men. Almost all of them share one thing: a state of emotional repression, deeply entrenched in their own self-conception. What seems frozen at first is quickly released – you just have to be willing to listen. “But if you can’t talk about feelings, then you can’t feel much,” one of them confesses. This is an invitation to talk.

Carolin Weidner

Tell Me

Documentary Film
Finland
2019
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Johannes Vartola
“Do you know this bird?”, the host of the Finnish television show “The Apple Tree” asked in 1979. One could guess finch. To be followed later by hooded crows and a grey-brown nightingale that is good at hiding and only betrays its presence by its song. Birds are at the centre of this found footage film compiled from private and publicly accessible material – and the question of what stories humans read into nature.

Frederik Lang