WED—January 30—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
85 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.
A genre in itself, the lumberjack film boasted heroes that could steer logs through rapids and split trees in half. This survey of Finnish lumberjack films organized by Dr. Vito Adriaensens (Columbia University | University of Antwerp), created during the 1920s onward, showcases Finland’s rich history of the logging tradition, and its importance in developing a national identity following Finland’s 1917 independence.
In this quintessential lumberjack buddy movie, a respected industrialist who is fed up with high society goes to live and work in a logrolling town. But when his daughter follows along, mayhem ensues.
Directed by Ossi Elstelä (1954), one of the most prolific Finnish comedy actors of all time, as well as an accomplished director and art director, helming a dozen films.