Directory of World Cinema: Finland

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3. A Time of Roses (1969)

108 min | Sci-Fi

In the year 2011, historian Raimo Lappalainen wants to illustrate how life was 50 years earlier. He becomes obsessed with the fate of a 1970s nude model, Saara Turunen, and finds a perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Arto Tuominen, Ritva Vepsä, Tarja Markus, Eero Keskitalo

Votes: 210

4. Backwood Philosopher (2009)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Self-taught philosopher Konsta Pylkkänen guides a group of researchers through Finland's Kainuu wilderness in the hopes of having a "sinistä ajatusta", idea out of the blue. While firing ... See full summary »

Director: Kari Väänänen | Stars: Kai Lehtinen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Tommi Korpela, Ilkka Heiskanen

Votes: 442

6. Black on White (1968)

95 min | Drama

Juha is a sales manager of a refrigerator company. His perfect-looking family and glittering array of modern kitchen appliances have just been featured in a magazine article, but in reality... See full summary »

Director: Jörn Donner | Stars: Kristiina Halkola, Liisamaija Laaksonen, Jörn Donner, Jukka Virtanen

Votes: 243

7. Black Ice (2007)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

Upon discovering that her husband is having an affair, a Helsinki gynecologist attempts to gather more knowledge about her rival and, in the process, becomes hopelessly entangled in the other woman's life.

Director: Petri Kotwica | Stars: Outi Mäenpää, Martti Suosalo, Ria Kataja, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 2,599

8. Scarlet Week (1954)

70 min | Drama, Romance

A Bergmanesque triangle drama. After a weekend of dancing and camping on a recreation island near the city, a young factory worker decides to stay and cut work for a day. Walking around the... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Gunvor Sandkvist, Matti Oravisto, Toivo Mäkelä, Paavo Hukkinen

Votes: 179

9. Born American (1986)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Mike Norris, Steve Durham, David Coburn, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 1,746 | Gross: $3.39M

10. Christmas Story (2007)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

Director: Juha Wuolijoki | Stars: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Otto Gustavsson, Jonas Rinne, Kari Väänänen

Votes: 3,435

11. Cross of Love (1946)

99 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a lighthouse keeper runs away with a shipwrecked businessman to the city. But instead of her dreams, she finds herself selling herself in the streets, until a painter finds her as an ideal model for his next painting.

Director: Teuvo Tulio | Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Oscar Tengström, Ville Salminen, Rauli Tuomi

Votes: 187

12. Dark Floors (2008)

R | 85 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A man emerges with his autistic daughter and three others from a hospital elevator to find themselves trapped in the building with devilish monsters.

Directors: Pete Riski, Alan Smithee | Stars: William Hope, Leon Herbert, Ronald Pickup, Philip Bretherton

Votes: 6,510

13. Dog Nail Clipper (2004)

105 min | Drama

Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s he wanders around the Finnish countryside looking for simple work and relying on ... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Peter Franzén, Taisto Reimaluoto, Ahti Kuoppala, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 1,368

14. Eight Deadly Shots (1972)

316 min | Drama

Small-farmer Pasi shoots four policemen who have come to arrest him for raged drunkenness. The movie is a flashback examining the events that finally lead to the tragic shooting. As time ... See full summary »

Stars: Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala, Mikko Niskanen, Paavo Pentikäinen, Tauno Paananen

Votes: 740

15. Silmät hämärässä (1952)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A mad writer checks into a hotel. In the window of a opposite building he sees four men and starts to write their life story. Every man is an anonymous person who have done or experienced ... See full summary »

Director: Veikko Itkonen | Stars: Tauno Palo, Uuno Laakso, Ekke Hämäläinen, Vilho Siivola

Votes: 59

17. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,687

18. Forbidden Fruit (2009)

104 min | Drama

Two teen girls from a very restrictive Conservative Laestadian faith community, go alone to Helsinki for the first time.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Marjut Maristo, Amanda Pilke, Malla Malmivaara, Joel Mäkinen

Votes: 1,986

19. Friends, Comrades (1990)

132 min | Drama

Arno Jurmala is an appreciated nickel tycoon. He has an elegant wife and he owns a huge nickel factory somewhere in Northern Finland. When he is celebrating his birthday in the late 30s, ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Mikk Mikiver, Stina Ekblad, Hannu Lauri, Paavo Liski

Votes: 105

20. Frozen Land (2005)

130 min | Drama

When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen

Votes: 5,602

21. Here, Beneath the North Star (1968)

186 min | Drama, History, War

Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Titta Karakorpi, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

Votes: 871

22. Under the North Star (2009)

193 min | Drama, Romance, War

A new film-adaptation of Väinö Linna's famous book here Beneath the North Star.

Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen

Votes: 647

23. Under the North Star II (2010)

138 min | Drama, War

Continues to follow the life of a Finnish family from aftermath of the Finnish Civil War to the Second World War which unites the country. But at what cost?

Director: Timo Koivusalo | Stars: Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen

Votes: 358

24. Home for Christmas (1975)

89 min | Drama

Construction worker Urho Suomalainen, his factory-worker wife Sirkka, and their two school-age children dream about getting away from their cramped rental apartment and moving to a house of... See full summary »

Director: Jaakko Pakkasvirta | Stars: Paavo Pentikäinen, Irma Martinkauppi, Kaisa Martinkauppi, Jari Erkkilä

Votes: 76

27. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin, Leo Riuttu

Votes: 1,731

28. Jade Warrior (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Thousands of years ago in ancient China, a love struck sword hero fights against his destiny. He wants another chance to be reunited with his loved one and he gets that chance, in a far ... See full summary »

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Tommi Eronen, Markku Peltola, Jingchu Zhang, Krista Kosonen

Votes: 3,830

30. Juha (1937)

101 min | Drama

Eastern Finland in 18th century. Farmer Juha has raised an orphan girl Marja and married her. Karelian trader Shemeikka visits the farm and starts to make advances to young and beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: Nyrki Tapiovaara | Stars: Hannes Närhi, Irma Seikkula, Walle Saikko, Tuulikki Paananen

Votes: 123

31. Hei kliffaa hei (1985)

101 min | Comedy

Kultsi's uncle dies and he is about to inherit great amount of money. Problem is that there's another heir, Wilhelm. Testament contains a contest where each heir must grow their funds as ... See full summary »

Director: Ere Kokkonen | Stars: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Simo Salminen, Kari Franck, Hannele Lauri

Votes: 346

32. Kamome Diner (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi

Votes: 1,880

34. Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

74 min | Drama

65 Metascore

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen, Jukka Keinonen, Esko Roine

Votes: 2,146

35. A Man's Job (2007)

104 min | Drama

Unemployed man forgets his dignity to support his family.

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä | Stars: Tommi Korpela, Maria Heiskanen, Jani Volanen, Stan Saanila

Votes: 2,006

37. Pikajuna pohjoiseen (1947)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The destinies of different kind of people encounter in a passenger train that is traveling from Helsinki to the Norht.

Director: Roland af Hällström | Stars: Ansa Ikonen, Leif Wager, Tauno Majuri, Aku Korhonen

Votes: 57

38. Olympian Holiday (1976)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

A shy Finn boards a wrong plane and ends up on a beach holiday instead of skiing.

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Antti Litja, Tuula Nyman, Eija Pokkinen, Jukka Sipilä

Votes: 344

39. One Foot Under (2009)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

A romantic comedy about a 35-year-old gardener Visa who learns he has only six months to live.

Director: Johanna Vuoksenmaa | Stars: Tobias Zilliacus, Susanna Mikkonen, Helena Vierikko, Tuomas Rinta-Panttila

Votes: 184

40. One Man's War (1973)

108 min | Drama

Man leaves his factory job and sells everything to buy an earth mover and start his own business, travelling from place to place with his wife and child. There is not enough work and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva | Stars: Eero Rinne, Tuula Nyman, Tauno Hautaniemi, Martti Pennanen

Votes: 130

41. Overseas and Under Your Skin (2009)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Ida is a woman who was adopted to Finland from Africa as a child. Ida is an unemployed seamstress approaching her thirties and still lives at home with her activist mother Kati. Kati wants ... See full summary »

Director: Lenka Hellstedt | Stars: Amira Khalifa, Marja Packalén, Matti Ristinen, Leena Uotila

Votes: 161

42. Ihmiset suviyössä (1948)

66 min | Drama

A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. The fates of various characters become interlaced over a long and light-filled summer night in the Finnish countryside. ... See full summary »

Director: Valentin Vaala | Stars: Eila Pehkonen, Martti Katajisto, Emma Väänänen, Eero Roine

Votes: 159

43. Pohjanmaa (1988)

127 min | Drama, Comedy

Based on a novel of the same name by the Finnish author, Antti Tuuri, this delicious late-80's comedy builds its dark humour on the stereotypical mentality of the northern part of Finland. ... See full summary »

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Esko Salminen, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Mäkelä

Votes: 648

44. Producing Adults (2004)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family, but her boyfriend, worried that parenthood will stifle his speed-skating ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä | Stars: Minna Haapkylä, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Minttu Mustakallio, Tommi Eronen

Votes: 1,223

45. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 25,353 | Gross: $0.26M