This year two Finnish films are to be screened at Glasgow Film Festival: Unknown Soldier by Aku Louhimies, and Miami by Zaida Bergroth.
Unknown Soldier (2017) is the most expensive Finnish movie of all time and it has been breaking the box office records in Finland since the first screening. Also, it has been highly recognized for example in Sweden, where a record amount of people went to see the movie during the opening weekend. The original novel Unknown Soldier is written by Väinö Linna. The story is a significant part of Finnish cultural heritage and handling the collective trauma caused by Continuation War.
The third version of the film was shot in 2017 and it was directed by Aku Louhimies. Previous versions were filmed in 1955 and 1985. Leading roles in 2017 version are played by the most well-known and the most respected actors occurring now in Finland. A private screening for the movie was arranged in London in January 2018. The screening got a lot of positive attention.
Miami, directed by Zaida Bergroth, is a story about two sisters who meet each other again after growing up apart. Living her life under the neon light at nightclubs, Angela manages to tempt her 19-year-old little sister, who grew up in a little town, to join the world of glitter and glamour. Life in the shady clubs changes suddenly when the sisters have to run away together.
Leading actors are Krista Kosonen, who has a role for example in Blade Runner 2049, and Sonja Kuittinen. The international premiere was screened at Toronto Film Festival in September 2017.
Unknown Soldier screening at Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday 25th of February 3.30PM. Miami screening on Tuesday 27th of February 8.15PM, and on Wednesday 28th of February 1.30PM.