Finland - Best Foreign Language Film

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Finnish submissions for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama

An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Maritta Viitamäki, Pauli Jauhojärvi, Aimo Saukko, Milja Hiltunen

Votes: 676

2. Flame Top (1980)

155 min | Biography, Drama

The life of early 20th century author, journalist, and revolutionary Algot Untola (also known as Maiju Lassila, Irmari Rantamala and under several more pseudonyms), one of the most ... See full summary »

Directors: Pirjo Honkasalo, Pekka Lehto | Stars: Asko Sarkola, Rea Mauranen, Kari Franck, Ari Suonsuu

Votes: 89

3. Sign of the Beast (1981)

120 min | Drama, War

Follows several Finnish officers and soldiers during World War II, mainly in the Finnish headquarters.

Director: Jaakko Pakkasvirta | Stars: Esko Salminen, Irina Milan, Tom Wentzel, Hannu Lauri

Votes: 121

4. Pessi and Illusia (1984)

77 min | Family, Fantasy

The fairy Illusia and the goblin Pessi meet. Pessi, who has only recently become independent, is a member of the Pessimists' family. They are proud of their practical and sensible attitude ... See full summary »

Director: Heikki Partanen | Stars: Eija Ahvo, Riitta-Anneli Forss, Raimo Grönberg, Minka-Maija Halko

Votes: 78

5. The Unknown Soldier (1985)

199 min | Drama, War

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg | Stars: Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski, Mika Mäkelä

Votes: 2,437

6. The Snow Queen (1986)

Unrated | 90 min | Family, Fantasy

In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's longest story, the beautiful Snow Queen has captured two children and now keeps them apart. She has inserted a sliver of her own special ice ... See full summary »

Director: Päivi Hartzell | Stars: Satu Silvo, Outi Vainionkulma, Sebastian Kaatrasalo, Tuula Nyman

Votes: 344

7. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,172

9. Kivenpyörittäjän kylä (1995)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Pekka returns to his native village to attend a wedding. The village has lost its younger generations, and the movie tells the story of the last wedding in the village.

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Martti Suosalo, Henrika Andersson, Matti Varjo, Tanja Kortelainen

Votes: 797

10. Drifting Clouds (1996)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

The recession hits a couple in Helsinki.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen, Elina Salo, Sakari Kuosmanen

Votes: 6,124

Disqualified

11. The Collector (1997)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Eevi's life isn't going the way she would want it to, so she runs away, leaving destruction in her wake. No one will ever say no to her again.

Director: Auli Mantila | Stars: Leea Klemola, Elina Hurme, Rea Mauranen, Henriikka Salo

Votes: 394

12. A Summer by the River (1998)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Topi's mother, who is also Tenho's wife dies and Tenho and Topi have to move out from the town because they don't have enough money to pay their rent. Tenho gets a job as a lumberjack (... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Pertti Koivula, Simo Kontio, Esko Nikkari, Anu Palevaara

Votes: 619

13. The Tough Ones (1999)

105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä | Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Juha Veijonen, Teemu Lehtilä, Kalevi Haapoja

Votes: 4,460

15. The River (2001)

104 min | Drama, Romance

Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

Director: Jarmo Lampela | Stars: Sanna Hietala, Antti Ikkala, Jyri Ojansivu, Antti Mikkola

Votes: 790

16. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 20,285 | Gross: $0.92M

Nominated

17. Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)

77 min | Drama, Family

In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Natalie Minnevik, Bibi Andersson, Marjaana Maijala, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 1,579

18. 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: 1,210

19. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,014

20. Lights in the Dusk (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen, Ilkka Koivula

Votes: 5,838 | Gross: $0.01M

Withdrawn

21. 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: 1,894

22. The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)

108 min | Drama

Juhani, 14 years old and tormented by a childhood trauma, has changed several foster parents from the age of eight. He is taken to an island, where there is a boys' home, run by a strict ... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Niilo Syväoja, Tommi Korpela, Kristiina Halttu, Kati Outinen

Votes: 2,214

23. 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: 2,050

24. Steam of Life (2010)

81 min | Documentary

Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,328

25. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 18,365 | Gross: $0.61M

26. Purge (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past.

Director: Antti Jokinen | Stars: Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke, Peter Franzén

Votes: 3,280

27. Disciple (2013)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

In 1939 the 13-year-old Carl arrives at the lighthouse Lågskär in the Åland Islands, for a position as lighthouse disciple. He is trained by the demanding lighthouse keeper.

Director: Ulrika Bengts | Stars: Erik Lönngren, Patrik Kumpulainen, Niklas Groundstroem, Amanda Ooms

Votes: 347

28. Concrete Night (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo | Stars: Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak

Votes: 935

29. The Fencer (2015)

99 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Märt Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Hendrik Toompere Sr., Liisa Koppel

Votes: 3,988 | Gross: $0.10M

December Shortlist

30. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,453

31. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 4,240 | Gross: $0.38M

32. Euthanizer (2017)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A man who euthanizes animals as a side job runs afoul of a white supremacist.

Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 1,121



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