Mikko Niskanen (1929-1990) was a Finnish film director, writer, producer and actor. He started his directing career in 1962 after studying film making in Moscow. His first feature film Pojat (1962) was a proof of his talent and earned him a Jussi Award for directing. During the next 12 months he also directed movies Sissit (1963) – which he won an Jussi Award for directing also – and Hopeaa rajan takaa (1963). All of these three movies were war-themed.
During the next few years he worked for TV, but returned to film industry in 1966 with his film Käpy selän alla (1966). The film became a huge success with 700,000 tickets sold to screenings. The film stays in Finnish film industry as 12th highest grossing Finnish film of the history. It was also sold to several different countries. Niskanen won a Jussi for directing.
His next two films Lapualaismorsian (1967) and Asfalttilampaat (1968) weren’t so well received, but earned him a Jussi for directing the first one. In early… read more
Unfortunately it has not been published with any subtitles...but I think they will publish it again soon since Peter von Bagh just directed amazing documentary about Mikko Niskanen.
For what it's worth to comment on a post of more than a year ago.... Its first showing outside of Finland was in Rotterdam just a moment ago. It was subtitled for the first time and should hopefully now have more viewings over the world, for it is truly a masterpiece that more people should see.