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EUTHANIZER /Armomurhaaja Nordic Oscar Contenders


FRIJanuary 4—7 PM
85 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.

$14 ($10 ASF Members)
Series Pass $75 ($55 ASF Members)

In this exploitation throwback, village loner Veijo runs a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing pets to make extra money. It’s clear he has dark secrets, and despite the grisly nature of his work, has an affinity and sympathy for the animals that doesn’t translate to his interactions with other people.

But Veijo’s carefully balanced life begins to show some cracks when he’s approached by a seedy mechanic with ties to a neo-Nazi gang, Petri, who wants him to put down a healthy but unwanted pit bull. At the same time Veijo also begins to develop an intimate but strange relationship with a local nurse. When Veijo fails to complete the job that he was paid to do, things turn to the extreme. (Directed by Teemu Nikki, 2017)


About the Director

Teemu Nikki (b.1975) is an autodidactic filmmaker and the son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed dozens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos – as well as several feature films and TV shows. He is a genre-free, genre-enthusiastic director and storyteller. Teemu’s work has been shortlisted and awarded at Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Eurovision Creative Days, Cannes Young Directors, CICFF, Tampere Film Festival, Popoli e Religioni Film Festival and FIPRESCI Award at Norwegian International Film Festival at Haugesund.

Awards Euthanizer include the Tokyo International Film Festival (2017) – Winner Best Screenplay, Toronto International Film Festival (2017) – Contemporary World Cinema Section, Sao Paulo International Film Festival (2017) – Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2017) – Official Selection, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (2017) – Official Selection, Festival De Cinema Europeen Des Arcs (2017) – Official Selection, Göteborg Film Festival (2018) – Official Selection.

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