Year of production 2020 Duration 58 min. Genre Documentary Director Panu Suurionen Cinematography Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C. Editing Timo Peltola Music Timo Peltola Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / OKTOBER
JENNI (21) is a vibrant butterfly, however she has a shadow that prevents her from living her life to the fullest. The only thing stopping her is ”no-life loser” flatmate TONY (47). They are both unhappy, living like an old couple that doesn’t have the good sense to get divorced. What makes their situation intolerable is that Jenni and Tony are actually the same person.
The struggle started when Jenni came out of the closet as a transgender person seven years ago. Alternating between genders is getting more exhausting every day. Jenni has to kill Tony. Suddenly Jenni finds another woman living in her rabbit hole. Heta, a friend from work, enters her life bringing rather dominant vibes to Jenni’s new emancipated self which leads to an erratic new direction in her life.
Will Jenni succeed in killing Tony, or will she die trying?
Year of production 2019 Duration 83 min. Genre Documentary Director Joonas Berghäll Cinematography Pini Hellstedt F.S.C. Editing Timo Peltola Music Timo Peltola Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / OKTOBER
The Happiest Man on Earth follows the footsteps of award winning Steam of Life, portraying Finnish men speaking directly from their heart. The Happiest Man on Earth returns to themes of equality, love and well-being from the viewpoint of Finnish men and their sons, who show their emotional loneliness and honesty in a striking way. Men in the film are full of love and empathy that they haven’t been able to show before. Berghäll himself turns the camera to himself. Film shows emotions with exceptional honesty, and reveals the soul of Finnish men.
Year of production 2019 Duration 93 min. Genre Drama Director Katja Gauriloff Cinematography Heikki Färm F.S.C. Editing Hanna Kuirinlahti Music Salla Luhtala Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / OKTOBER
Jonna is a small-town girl, who has moved to Helsinki to study in the university, yet finally the world is open for her and she’s looking for excitement in her new surroundings. She’s immediately immersed by the urban nightlife and seeks adventures, all the things she has yearned for so long. Jonna gravitates to a gay bar at night, staggers back home in her nervous state of mind, till she finds herself in a imminent situation that leads her to meet her savior, Piki, a marvelous woman, whose self-confidence she is attracted by immediately. Piki offers her and entire new universe, wraps her ropes around her and passionate love story begins.
Year of production 2016 Duration 83 min. Genre Documentary Director Katja Gauriloff Cinematography Enrique Mendéz, Heikki Färm F.S.C. Editing Timo Peltola Music Timo Peltola Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / OKTOBER
A proud member of Finland’s indigenous Skolt Sámi tribe, filmmaker Katja Gauriloff found a treasure trove of pristine 16mm footage of her grandmother Kaisa, a legendary storyteller and singer of le’udd epic ballads. By sending around postcards all over Europe, Katja recovered these priceless film and voice recordings from the ‘30s-70s, shot by the Swiss writer Robert Crottet, who lived with Kaisa in the ‘30s, and Spanish photographer Enrique Mendez. Their poetic footage and newly created animation depicting the stories creates a poetic, moving portrait of a charismatic woman who stayed strong as WWII forced them to relocate to a part of Finland where they had to give up their reindeer-herding way of life.
Year of production 2018 Duration 77 min. Genre Documentary Director Virpi Suutari Cinematography Heikki Färm F.S.C. Editing Jussi Rautaniemi Music Sanna Salmenkallio Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / OKTOBER
Entrepreneur is a universal nature documentary about Finnish entrepreneurs. This warm and carnevalistic film portrays humans in the middle of ordinary everyday survival. It’s about the ethos of being an entrepreneur.
The main protagonists come from two totally different kinds of landscapes, from two different time zones. There is a scenery of contemporary modern socienty and just a few hundred kilometres away we find a rural and nostalgic universe with forgotten people and land. Others love meat, and others do everything they can in order to decrease the consumption of pork.
Our first protagonists are Fellini-like family, going from village to another, trying to sell meat from a small meat truck and also run a tiny funfair business. The father, the mother and their four children are working together and trusting only in themselves, not in the help of society.
While countryside family is counting coins after the hard-working day, the other pair of entrepreneurs of the film, the two modern, well-educated women from the capital area, are dealing with millions. These two women have invented revolutionary vegetable protein product called Pulled Oat. They are building a factory and they want to conquer the meat markets with the new product – even as far as in China. In the beginning of the film they have an empty factory hall and first machines are coming in. In the end of the film they have a multi-million business and they are both millionaires, but have they also made a world a little bit better?
Year of production 2015 Duration 85 min Genre Documentary Director Joonas Berghäll Cinematography Heikki Färm F.S.C., Tuomo Hutri F.S.C. EditingTimo Peltola Music Jonas Bohlin Producers Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / Oktober Oy
MOTHER’S WISH is a documentary film, that gathers together ten stories seen and told by women from different parts of the world. The stories are connectedby the theme of motherhood. Told together, the women’s narratives form an intense film of motherhood and love: the moment after first childbirth, the pride of being able to offer your children an education and the bright moments of everyday life. But the stories also show the effects of tragic events, such as mother’s worry when her child falls sick or is being mistreated. Above all the stories speak of survival: These women have struggled through life against all odds. They give us hope of a better tomorrow.
Year of production 2012 Duration 81 min Genre Documentary Director Katja Gauriloff Cinematography Heikki Färm F.S.C.. Tuomo Hutri F.S.C. Editing Timo Peltola Music Karsten Fundal Producers Joonas Berghäll / OKTOBER
How is our food made? How long does a can of ravioli have to travel before it lands on your dinner table? And what destinies does it pass on its way? In Canned Dreams we follow a can of ravioli on its long journey from its outset on the other side of the world and then through Europe, until it finally lands in our shopping baskets. Along the way we meet the workers in the chain of production and through their personal stories and dreams for the future, we not only encounter the premises of global food production, but also the universal validity of dreams. It’s beautiful, it’s ugly, it’s touching and it’s thought provoking. An incredible visual presentation and an impressive sound design work together to raise the film to a level you wouldn’t normally associate with canned foods. But this is what dreams can do.
Year of production 2012 Duration 75 min Genre Dookumentti Director Juha Suonpää Cinematographer Heikki Färm F.S.C. Editing Tuuli Kuittinen Music Joel Hypén Producers Joonas Berghäll, Timo Vierimaa / Oktober Oy
Wolfman is a film about a man who has taught himself the language and ways of wolves, and witnessed theirfates. The film is based on his video diaries collected over the course of 13 years. It is a storyabout the contradictory relationship between people and an endangered animal.
Director Juha Suonpää (born in Helsinki 1963) has always been interested in the theme of nature and has made many photography and documentary projects concerning the subject. In 1998 he bought a videocamera to wildlife expert Seppo Ronkainen, with aim to collect materialon wolves and Seppo’s work.
In the late 90’s Seppo was hired to a position where he was to develop and carry out a way to catch wolves alive without hurting them in the process. During the years Seppo took the camera everywhere and was able to shoot the everyday life of the wolves and confrontations between humans and wild animals. The unique material shows how Seppo became expert on subject and one of the wolves, the Wolfman.
Twelve years later director Juha decided to realize the story of man and wolves, and started towork on the film based on the material.The film consists of present day material and excerpts of Seppo’s video diaries.