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Unknown Soldier

Title: Unknown Soldier
Format: Feature Film & 5 x 50 min Limited Series, HD
Starring: Eero Aho
Aku Hirviniemi
Jussi Vatanen
Joonas Saartamo
Johannes Holopainen
Samuli Vauramo
Arttu Kapulainen
Directed by: Aku Louhimies
Produced by: Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017 in co-production with Scope Pictures and Kvikmyndafélag Íslands
Feature Film 

Unknown Soldier

On one of the lesser-known battlegrounds of WW ll, yet of enormous magnitude to the small nation of Finland, a company of Finnish soldiers endures the grim horrors of war.

June, 1941: Trapped between two repressive regimes, Finland has little choice but to ally itself with Nazi Germany against its traditional foe – although it manages to remain a democracy throughout. Virtually unknown in the WW ll arena, a brutal war against Soviet occupation takes place in the Far North. As the men of a Finnish infantry unit march through the forests of Karelia to regain territory lost to Russia in the Winter War of 1939, each of them soon realizes the horror and pointlessness of war. Except for their officers, more concerned about medals and personal glory than the lives of their men. A diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause – yet they are strengthened by a growing bond of camaraderie to each other and their loved ones. After huge personal sacrifice and a prolonged trench war, the outcome is inevitable, ending with a ceasefire in September 1944.



Press Quotes

(The Arts Stl)

"Unknown Soldier is a tense, realistic war drama that doesn't shy away from the horrors of battle. It doesn't overdramatize the emotions, nor does it have a soundtrack that overpowers the film. Surprisingly, the use of music is pretty minimal here, but when it's present, it works wonderfully. If there were another war film to which I would compare Louhimies's, it would be Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. Both are a slower, more poetic approach to the war genre, and are beautifully directed."
(Cinema Sentries)

"At a time when wars are still being started by those greedy with power, The Unknown Soldier reminds us to remember who will ultimately pay the price."
(Lost in Drama)


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