Finland

Jäniksen vuosi (The Year of the Hare) – Risto Jarva, 1977

Strange and unusual take on environmental and political issues, a true Finnish classic.

Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat (Drifting Clouds) -Aki Kaurismäki, 1996

Touching minimalism from the master of minimalism, Kaurismäki, about a tram driver and a waitress who lose their jobs and have to face money problems during economic crisis.

Juha – Aki Kaurismäki, 1999

Silent movie (for some reason) about an unfaithful wife and the men in her life.

Äideistä parhain (Mother of Mine) – Klaus Härö, 2005

During World War II a huge number of Finnish children were taken in by Swedish host families to avoid the war. This is the touching story of one of them.

Laitakaupungin valot  (Lights in the dusk) – Aki Kaurismäki, 2006

Film noir Kaurismäki style.

Sauna – Antti-Jussi Annila, 2008

This is one of my favorite horrors, about two brothers who are sent to define the border between Finland and Russia after the 25 year war. They arrive in a strange village where nothing is what it seems and they have to face their troubled consciousness and guilt. Terrific atmosphere, solid acting and a story that is worth a couple of viewings, as it has many layers and connections impossible to catch at first. It also allows several different interpretations, so all the better.

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