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TEARS OF APRIL

by Aku Louhimies

synopsis

It is 1918, and the Civil War is raging in Finland; the Social-Democratic Reds are fighting the Senate-supported Whites. Private Aaro Harjula returns from Germany and joins the non-socialist Whites. He is shocked to see how the Whites treat the defeated, rebellious Reds. He witnesses Red female soldiers being group-raped and executed without a trial. One of the women escapes execution, and Harjula decides to take her to a nearby military tribunal. When Harjula is transporting his prisoner in a rowboat, she tries to escape, causing the rowboat to capsize. Both Harjula and the female prisoner are forced to swim to a desolate island. On the island, her anger gradually dissipates, and a strange friendship develops between the two.

international title: Tears of April
original title: Käsky
country: Finland, Germany, Greece
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Aku Louhimies
release date: FI 29/08/2009, DE 03/09/2009, CZ 28/07/2011
screenplay: Jari Olavi Rantala
cast: Pihla Viitala, Samuli Vauramo, Eero Aho
cinematography by: Rane Ronkainen
film editing: Ben Mercer
art director: Markku Pätilä
costumes designer: Tiina Kaukanen
music: Pessi Levanto
producer: Aleksi Bardy
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy, Thoke Moebius Film Company, 2/35
distributor: SF Studios Finland Oy, Venus Film, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.
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