Under the North Star
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Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen, Heikki Nousiainen,
Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Jonna Järnefelt, Sulevi Peltola, Miia Selin, Esko Roine, Sara Paavolainen,Tomi Salmela, Eija Vilpas, Jukka Leisti
Akseli Koskela is the son of a parsonage crofter who, when he has grown up, finds it impossible to submit to the role of a faithful and humble servant required of him by the conservative upper class. Unlike previous generations who had no other alternative, Akseli begins dreaming of freedom and the right to his own lands, fuelled by the new and stirring ideologies of the time. The uncertainty of life strikes with force, however, as the parsonage reclaims most of the fields that Akseli´s father has cleared out of raw marshland. The grim and irreconcilable bitterness caused by this makes Akseli take an interest in social issues. He joins the local Workers´ Association, which is headed by the village tailor Halme. Halme´s moderate and pacifist views don´t satisfy Akseli for long, and he joins the Red Guard, whose purpose is to claim by force that which is not given to the working class by peace: the right to the fruits of their own labour. In 1918, Finland´s bitter and bloody Civil War divides the people in two. Focused and strong-willed, Akseli is promoted to the position of company commander and, after the Reds´ devastating defeat, is put in charge of a hopeless mission: leading a ragged refugee caravan, fleeing the victors´ revenge, across the border to safety.