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The Woodcutter Story

OT: Metsurin Tarina

Mikko Myllylahti // Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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Scandinavian surrealism: In Mikko Myllylahti’s debut feature, burning cars drift along remote roads in the Finnish taiga – with no-one at the wheel. Pepe is a lumberjack in an idyllic little town in Finland. Ice fishing, evenings in the pub and the occasional affair are what make up everyday life here. Then, within a few days, his quiet life is turned upside down by a series of tragic events – but Pepe seems to take even the bloodiest incident in his stoical stride. It’s almost as if he knows a secret hidden beneath the frozen lakes and endless masses of snow.



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MIKKO MYLLYLAHTI (*1980 in Finland) studied direction and screenplay writing at the ELO Film School in Helsinki. His work includes the screenplay for Juho Kuosmanen's debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in 2016. Woodcutter Story was awarded the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution at Cannes and was shown in the section Semaine de la Critique.



Metsurin Tarina

Fiction Feature



Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany


99 min

OV with English subtitles

Mikko Myllylahti

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ActionLonelinessFamily & RelationshipGenreHumour

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