Täällä Pohjantähden alla II

Under The North Star II

Domestic title:
Täällä Pohjantähden alla II
Category:
Feature films
Script:
Timo Koivusalo
Director:
Timo Koivusalo
Producer:
Timo Koivusalo
Premiere:
24.09.2010
Actors:

Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen, Jonna Järnefelt, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Sulevi Peltola, Esko Roine, Miia Selin, Ville Virtanen, Sampo Sarkola, Reino Nordin, Jukka Leisti, Tapano Kalliomäki, Jari Salmi, Sara Paavolainen, Antti Luusuaniemi, Juhani Laitala, Turkka Mastomäki, Janne Hyytiäinen

FFF support:
€500000
Budget:
€1600000
Description:
Finland´s bitter and bloody Civil War in 1918 divided the people in two. Thousands were killed in prison camps. Akseli Koskela avoids execution by mere chance, and is pardoned. After his liberation from a four-year-stint in a prison camp, Akseli withdraws from the world and concentrates on farming the lands of his croft, trying to settle with the ghosts of his past. Without a thought for himself, he toils for his children´s future, with his wife Elina by his side, trying to ease her husband´s burden by being strong. Finally, Akseli is allowed to purchase the croft´s lands for his family and he thinks everything will be fine now – but a different destiny awaits. The Winter War breaks out, and the Soviet Union tries to occupy Finland. The people torn in two by the Civil War unite in the face of a common enemy and accomplish the impossible. An overwhelming enemy is fended off, but the price is high for Finland and Akseli alike. The country remains free, and Akseli is now also a free farmhouse owner, but has it all been worth it? In Akseli´s own words: ‘What sense was there in anything if nothing is left? Why the Koskela house, from father´s first shovel strike to a lifetime of toil and trouble, if in the end there is just emptiness…’
Production:
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