Tie pohjoiseen (2012) (Road North). In Finnish with English Subtitles.
Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Cost: Admission By Donation, includes refreshments.
Contact: Dianne Kilback by ten.suletnull@kcablikd
Mika Kaurismäki’s best films have dealt with music or road trips. Road North combines both elements with plenty of heart becoming a family story when Leo (Vesa-Matti Loiri), an absentee father, returns to Helsinki to reconnect with his son Timo (Samuli Edelmann) he abandoned 30 years earlier, when the son was a toddler. The father convinces Timo to go for a day trip which turns into a journey through the landscapes of the country. There is something Leo wants to show his son, but he won’t say what. More family is also discovered during the road trip. The overall tone is lighter than usual for Kaurismäki but still has substance. Road North was a great success at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012.