Finnish Films Days in Budapest Overview

Last Tuesday marked the end of the fourth edition of the Finnish Film Days that began on the 17th of October and was held in Toldi mozi, one of Budapest’s well-known art cinemas.

Nine of the latest and most promising Finnish features and documentary films had been introduced to the audience, including a famous piece, Concrete Night, which has been nominated earlier for the Academy Awards and ranked as one of the top films of 2014 by Cinema Scandinavia.

The opening piece of the Film Days was Love and Engineering, which was followed by a late-night concert of the aspiring Finnish rock band Maailmanlopun tyttö and Hyeenat.


October 17 /Friday/

18:30 – Love & Engineering (Love & Engineering) | 2014 | 80 minutes | Finnish, German, Bulgarian |Directed by Tonislav Hristov

A Bulgarian engineer has invented the algorithm of love. In a hermetic world of bashfulness and loneliness, will the male subjects of this unique experiment be able to confirm the viability of his breakthrough-idea?

20:30 – Maailmanlopun tyttö & Hyeenat !

October 18 /Saturday/

18:30 – Song (Laulu) | 2014 | 79 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Selma Vilhunen

A classical master-discipline relationship between an elderly man, the sole resident of a quickly vanishing village, and a young female visual artist who is passionate about learning the art of rune singing.

20:30 – Concrete Night (Betoniyö) | 2013 | 96 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Pirjo Hankasalo

From cut to wound, from wound to fear, from fear to aggression – the tale of two brothers and the long predicted future of our present days. !

October 19 /Sunday/

18:30 – Once I Dreamt of Life (Näin unta elämästä) | 2014 | 78 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Jukka

Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen! With the assistance of an animated character and the people narrating his different stages of life, the movie guides us through a path that leads to the final decision of suicide.!

20:30 – A Patriotic Man (Isänmaallinen mies) | 2013 | 96 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Art Halonen

An ordinary man with an extraordinary weapon. Toivo’s blood is the ultimate doping substance for athletes, especially for skiers. And particularly for a young woman who is about to become a legend… !

October 20 /Monday/

18:30 – Wonder World of Ice (Keinolumikylä) | 2013 | 52 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Ilkka Rautio

Chinese sculptors are building an exotic theme park in the middle of Lapland. Day by day, a young member of the team faces the differences between two societies in his panda costume.

20:30 – Above Dark Waters (Tumman veden päällä) | 2013 | 108 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Peter Franzen

The phylogeny of little Pete narrates the troubled life of a child surrounded by aggression and fear, somewhere in Lapland, during the ’70s. !

October 21 /Tuesday/

18:30 – Santra and the Talking Trees (Santra ja puhuvat puut) | 2013 | 27 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Miia Tervo /

The Driver (Ajomies) | 2013 | 62 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Jarkko T. Laine and JP Passi

A young woman with a troubled family background finds herself somewhere near the Russian border, where she befriends a female member of the local tribe in the hope of becoming her granddaughter.

Keeping enormous machines under control might sound more difficult than dealing with people. But for some, being confronted by the destructive emotions of our loved ones can be just as utterly dreadful as taming a real beast.

20:30 – Korso (Korso) | 2014 | 91 minutes | Finnish | Directed by Akseli Tuomivaara

A twisted love triangle between a young man and two cities – Korso, his present, and New York, his future.

Article by Nikolett Bali

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.