Screaming Men at Sundance
by Annika Pham
This will be the first time that a production from Finland will be at the Sundance Film Festival: the work is the documentary Screaming Men (Huutajat) by Mika Ronkainen, which has been chosen to be shown at the American festival taking place from January 15 to 24, 2004.
The theatrical debut by the most productive documentary filmmaker in the Northern half of Finland will be shown in the World Documentary Section at Sundance. The film follows the Finnish Screaming Male Choir Mieskuoro Huutajat, all dressed in black suits, white shirts and rubber ties as they travel to Tokyo, Paris, and perform their repertoire by shouting and screaming.
On the Finnish side, the film is produced by Kimmo Paanamen for Klaffi Productions, and from Denmark the producer is Carsten Holst from Zentropa Real. The production is also supported by the Finnish TV station YLE TV1 and the Finnish Film Foundation. International sales are being handled by Trust Film Sales.
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