This years Finnish Film Affair (Sept 20-22) has split the prize for Best Pitch between two films, Tom of Finland directed by Dome Karukoski and Post Punk Disorder, co-directors Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi’s sequel to their 2012 SXSW audience award winner The Punk Syndrome.
Tom of Finland follows the story of gay artist Touko Laaksonen as he returns home to Helsinki a hero after a harrowing military service in World War II. He is persecuted for his homosexuality, trapped and pressured to get married to a woman. He discovers refuge and liberation in his art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations, and develops a worldwide following and helps to fan the flames of a gay revolution in the U.S.
Post Punk Disorder is a documentary about the Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivit’s last journey. Band leader Pertti has decided to retire. The band’s future is on the line for the other three members Kari, Sami and Toni. But before all this they decide to enter the Finnish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest. Amazingly enough they win, and their final journey is to the finals in Vienna.
The two films will split a prize of €3000 for winning Best Pitch.
The Finnish Film Affair was dominated by discussions on two forthcoming landmarks – the films comprising part of Finland’s celebrations for 100 years since Finland declared itself independent, and the proposed film incentive of 20-25% cash rebates to films made in Finland, rivalling the similar rebates from Iceland Norway.