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October 25, 2023—7:00 pm9:00 pm

The Woodcutter Story

This fall at Scandinavia House, experience Nordic comedy at its darkest with “Svart Humor”! “If there’s a dead body in Denmark, someone is going to make a joke about it,” director Anders Jensen once said; Nordic comedies are as known for their deadpan, dry wit as for their occasionally noir subject matter, celebrating the “svart/sort” (dark) side of life’s hilarities.

On October 25, see the Finnish dark comedy The Woodcutter Story (Metsurin Tarina, dir. Mikko Myllylahti, Finland/Netherlands/Denmark/Germany, 2022)! Pepe (Jarkko Lahti ) is a woodcutter in an idyllic small town in northern Finland, who deeply believes in a better tomorrow. Over the span of a couple of days, however, a series of events gradually destroys the quiet and happy life he once had.

But as chaos, and strife, and surreal adventures are repeatedly thrown at him, Pepe remains smiling, optimistic, and determined to the look on the bright side of life. As if he knew a secret to existence that no one else did…

Anchored by a riotously deadpan lead performance and a wild cast of characters (including a child barber, a singing psychic, and a talking fish), this absurd and hilarious fable from The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki writer Mikko Myllylahti is an ode to optimism despite losing everything.

Selected for L’Atelier Cannes in 2019 and labs such as Next Step in 2018, Torino FeatureLab in 2018, Toronto Filmmaker Lab in 2018, Jerusalem Film Lab in 2016 and Berlinale Script Station in 2015.

“A Kaurismäkian variant on Twin Peaks, with a soupçon of Fargo“—Screen International

The Woodcutter Story might be the most terrifying movie of the year”—The Playlist



October 25, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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