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by Aleksi Salmenperä


A young and ambitious civil servant Jussi finds himself being in charge of the environmental permit of a huge nickel and uranium mine in Northern Finland. The Talvivaara mine, led by a charismatic globe trotting visioner Pekka Perä is introducing an entirely new method of collecting minerals whilst creating jobs in one of the poorest areas in Scandinavia. Jussi slowly discovers that he has been led astray by several people and that the new method has serious downsides he did not forsee. The mine is causing environmental hazards that are being hushed down. A new application for another permit is brought to his table by the same mine. Along with the application comes an interesting job offer and a chance of a new beginning. Jussi has to decide whether he will play along and if so, with whom.

international title: The Mine
original title: Jättiläinen
country: Finland
sales agent: The Yellow Affair
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Aleksi Salmenperä
film run: 97'
release date: FI 22/01/2016
screenplay: Pekko Pesonen
cast: Joonas Saartamo, Jani Volanen, Peter Franzén, Elena Leeve, Leea Klemola, Pertti Sveholm, Jussi Nikkilä, Saara Kotkaniemi
cinematography by: Tuomo Hutri
film editing: Samu Heikkilä
art director: Otso Linnalaakso
costumes designer: Tiina Wilén
producer: Aleksi Bardy, Annika Sucksdorff
co-producer: Ingvar Thórdarson
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy
backing: Finnish Film Foundation


main awards/selection

Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 

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