FINLAND

HAPPIER TIMES, GRUMP Ilosia aikoja, Mielensäpahoittaja

2018 – DCP – colore – 118 ‘

 

Direction: Tiina Lymi

Screenplay: Tiina Lymi, Juha Lehtola, Tuomas Kyrö based on the novel by Tuomas Kyrö

Cinematography: Hena Blomberg

Editing: Joona Louhivuori

Set design: Sattva-Hanna Toiviainen

Music: Juri Seppä

Costumes: Anna Vilppunen

Cast: Heikki Kinnunen, Sulevi Peltola, Satu Tuuli Karhu, Iikka Forss, Mari Perankoski, Jani Volanen, Elina Knihtilä, Janne Reinikainen, Kaisa Hela, Sari Siikander

Producers: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin

Production: Solar Films

 

SYNOPSIS

The Grump wants to die, because all the work is done; the meaning of life is gone. But just as his own coffin is being finished, a new life appears to the Grump. His grandchild Sofia, 17, is in trouble and needs the stubborness and wisdom of her grandfather and the warmth of the fireplace. The Grump gets a new meaning to his life – and a major secret. A stubborn old man and an young city girl get together and two halves grow up to be more than one whole human being.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“To me, this story makes a heartfelt comedy, with a touch of pain of giving up. The humor springs from the meeting of two worlds the predestined, stagnated and stale era of the 60’s and 70’s when Finland was ruled by the ever-present president Kekkonen and when it was easy to define right and wrong – and the ambivalent, restless and directionless modern days. (…) This movie will be beautiful – and funny. It will touch you, make you laugh, make you to evaluate your own choices. To make you think about your relationship with your children and your parents, with your intolerable relatives. To face your own attitudes. I think our time needs this movie.”

 

PREMI

2019 Jussi Awards: nominated as Best Film, Direction, Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress