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by Ari Matikainen


The effect of WWII on the countries of Western Europe is widely reported. But what of Finland, a small Nordic nation trapped between the Soviets and the Germans? Known locally as the Continuation War, the tragic events of this period in history had a lasting effect on Finland as well as its people. Documentary filmmaker Ari Matikainen blends fascinating archive footage, interviews and beautifully shot reenactments that utilise letters from soldiers that fought during the period, to create a rounded exploration of the effect of war on the men and women who fight, as well as the knock-on repercussions on an entire nation.

international title: War and Peace of Mind
original title: Sota ja mielenrauha
country: Finland
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Ari Matikainen
film run: 72'
release date: FI 11/03/2016
screenplay: Ari Matikainen
cast: Ville Kivimäki, Jenni Kirves, Tuomas Tepora, Markku Jokisipilä, Juha Mälkki
cinematography by: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
film editing: Matti Näränen
music: Janne Haavisto, Happoradio
producer: Liisa Juntunen
production: Kinocompany Ltd., napafilms
distributor: KinoCompany
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