August, 2012

Täällä pohjan tähden alla (Under the North Star)

August 19, 2012

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

(with intermission and discussion after)

Dusenberry – River Library

5605 E River Road

Tucson, AZ 85750


Based on Väinö Linna’s epic novel of the tumultuous period of Finnish history in the early 20th Century, this film is about the accelerating conflict between rural poor and landed gentry with the spread of socialism.  Farmers in this beautiful land of birch forests, lakes and fields may at short notice be evicted by the owners of the land, and peaceful attempts for change fail.  The film has war and lots of cruelty, but also a thorough presentation of place and characters.  The cinematography and music suit the story’s slow, serious arc.  The length of this film is more than justified by its content. It’s worth seeing, especially for those interested in history and politics.

Rated K-13 in Finland which means no one under 11 admitted.