Small-farmer Pasi shoots four policemen who have come to arrest him for raged drunkenness. Rest of the movie is a long flashback examining the events that finally leads to the tragic shooting. As time goes by, Pasi sinks gradually deeper and deeper into the poverty, gets into trouble with both police and tax officials while family arguments grow more and more serious. Based on a true story. —IMDb
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
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