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Watch SOUNDBRAKER DOCUMENTARY FILM TRAILER directed and shot by Kimmo


The nearly three-decades long Minkkinen Koskela collaboration, is based on deep roots and a bracing sense of humor. In 1996, Kimmo directed and produced the 52 min. documentary Still Not There, a biographical journey on Minkkinen’s life and artistic work. The film garnered international praise with important prizes in Scandinavia and Europe.

• Emmy Award nominee. Finland, 1996.
• Prize of Honour. Art Film Triennal in Kalmar, Sweden, 1997.
• The Silver Key. Sixth international Art Film Festival in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1998.

The Rain House continues to advance their winning collaboration. The Koskela Minkkinen team is now embarking on the creation of new films — modeled in part on the famed and seamless Coen-brothers partnership — in all phases of the production from the film’s conception to its opening premiere.


The Koskela Minkkinen Team

THE RAIN HOUSE   (working title)    feature film

The Rain House is a love/hate story between a mother born into beauty and her youngest son, born with a cleft palate. The sexual awakenings the boy experiences - told with warmth, humor, and seductive intimacy - and the failed escapades he suffers as a teenager mark his life forever. His deformity becomes a punch in the mouth that never heals, at least while she is alive.

With measured grace and cinematic precision, The Rain House arrives at truths told too late, wisdom no longer possible to pass on. “We cannot change the way we look, but we can change the way we are seen.”


The Rain House is written and directed by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

cinematography by Kimmo Koskela

Mud, Sweat & Tears is a documentary film about Finnish people diving into new ways to express themselves. It is a philosophical journey to Finnish humor and "guts" to do things in a different way. The documentary opens mental and physical vision to Swamp soccer and Deep Snow soccer games competed in the World Championships level in muddy swamps in the summer and freezing cold deep snow in the winter in north of Finland in the middle of nowhere.

MUD, SWEAT & TEARS      feature documentary film

HYRYNSALMI, Finland — There’s something strange going on in Finland. Over the past few decades, as it has all but disappeared from the global sports ...

Mud, Sweat & Tears is directed and produced by Kimmo Koskela.

The New York Times published a hilarious article about Finnish new ways of life.

A music documentary film produced and directed by Kimmo Koskela won the prize for "The best creative film" at "FIFA-Films for Art" in Canada in 2012 and it was  nominated for Jussi-Award (Finnish Oscar) for the best documentary in 2013. Soundbreaker has been invited to more than 50 International Film Festivals and it was distributed in cinemas in Germany in over 40 Cities.

This beautifully photographed documentary scratches the surface - appropriate considering its icy opening - of Finnish accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen. Pohjonen transformed the expectations of accordion music, bending and breaking the rules that stifled him as a young man. Mixing old photographs, Pohjonen's recollections of his rural upbringing (a rather startling story about a frog encapsulates the macabre curiosity of country life), concert footage and more elaborate interpretive visual ideas, director Kimmo Koskela keeps things visually alive, giving the film an occasionally wry, sometimes David Lynchian, feel.

                                                                                                Rain Dance Film Festival, London

More information: www.soundbreaker.fi

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PRODUCTION

Screenplay & Director Valto Baltzar

Composer Heikki Sarmanto

Cinematography, editor Kimmo Koskela

Producers Kimmo Koskela, Valto Baltzar

Production Company Tuotanto Filmi Katse Oy

in collaboration with One Film Production

DISTRIBUTION

Distributor in Finland Elisa viihde  

Release in fall 2020

Le Café deMes Souvenirs is a feature length musical inspired by a legendary film Les parapluies de Cherbourg from 1964 directed by Jacques Demy with Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo.

Now Finnish celebrated composer Heikki Sarmanto has composed 14 songs to the lyrics  by Valto  Baltzar for Le Café deMes Souvenirs, which is a love story between a French teacher and a young Finnish woman.


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papulaBOX   shortfilm

Film type: feature documentary film

Genre: music

Lenght 86min / 60min

Release 2012

Aspect ratio 16:9

Distribution format: ProRes 422 HQ, DCP

TV-broadcast:

Finland

Germany

Estonia

Sweden

Poland

Czech Republic


Script, choreographer Simo Heiskanen

Director, cinematographer Kimmo Koskela

Production design Maria Jännes, Metti Nordin

Producers Kimmo Koskela, Maria Jännes


Film type: shortfilm

Genre: Children / Dance

Lenght 21.45min

Release 2017

Aspect ratio 16:9

Distribution format  ProRes 422 HQ, DCP

TV-broadcast: Finland

Festivals: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

EU- Filmfestival, Chile


Production company: One Film Production / Hattara Projekti Oy

in collaboration with Glims & Gloms Dance Theater



Synopsis

papulaBOX is a happy and colorful dance adventure in the world of geometry and imagination.

It’s the short film all ages will call it’s own.

The Papulas; a triangle, a square and a ball, are putting together a papulaBOX, when one last piece of the 3D puzzle skips town! Short story gone long or long story told short, the geometric threesome swear without words they’ll do anything and everything to get it back. On the way things happen. They get excited so easily and the search is often interrupted while they run into all kinds of other interesting and hilarious stuff. Finally the missing piece is found and the Papulas bring it happily back home.

Short introduction

papulaBOX is a short film without words “spoken through images” for children and for the kid in all of us. Running on happiness, paced on adventure, and reveling in the pleasures of geometry and the imagination, papulaBOX reaches all age groups hands down! papulaBOX intends to demonstrate how ˝the message of dance˝ can lift our spirits and open our imaginations to the terrors and pleasures of earthly grace. papulaBOX draws inspiration from Bauhaus school ideologies as much as from the little tramp Charlie called Chaplin or the Teletubbies. The film never diverges from its staged roots even when it tiptoes over Helsinki town. With their astounding exactitudes and masterful flourishes, the Glims & Gloms Dance Theater does it again! For audiences unfamiliar with dance, the stage is set. papulaBOX becomes a natural addition to the ever-evolving palette of motion and beauty on camera.

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papulaBOX in YLE AREENA

https://areena.yle.fi/lapset/1-2450992/s/1-3952709/p/1-3865665

Contact >   kimmokim@gmail.com   +358 40 4131188




IN DEVELOPMENT

IN COLLABORATION

For distribution please contact:

Gernot Steinweg, Germany gernot.steinweg@web.de

or kimmokim@gmail.com

feature film

Mud, Sweat & Tears is produced in collaboration with:

Kainuu region / Kainuun maakuntaliitto

The commune of Hyrynsalmi / Hyrynsalmen kunta

Vocational college of Kainuu / Kainuun ammattiopisto

BLACK SUN     feature film

Black Sun is a film about an individual discovering his place in a former totalitarian state going through a period of transition and change. About the way the unsolved traumas of the past take control of the individual while he is being liberated from a violent social system, with unpredictable consequences.


It is a film about dependence, identity, and selfhood. It describes how an individual becomes conscious of who and what he really is – and how far the others are prepared to go to become something that they are not.


Black Sun takes place in an elitist art world. It is a polemic and a poetic film, a triangle drama containing powerful emotions, a struggle for survival.


Stylistically, the film is slightly heightened, containing references to film noir. The film has a claustrophobic, nightmarish world of its own. I want to create powerful and deep psychological tensions between the characters. The events unfold in a strange, archaic and surprising world where strong images carry the story forward.


Scriptwriter, Director Maria Ruotsala

Black Sun


Synopsis


Saara and his artist brother Aaro live isolated from the rest of the world in an abandoned war industry district. Aaro, a popular artist during the Soviet era, is now a disreputable outcast of the art community. He is, however, obsessed with becoming immortalised by a surrealistic and grandiloquent work of art in the middle of the forestland, in an open swamp. In Aaro’s plan, the sister and brother will commit a double suicide when his design is finished. They are preparing to die through rituals of their own.


Their lives change when a young man called Stefan, looking like a Greek god, intelligent and influential within the art market, succeeds in encroaching on their enclosed world. He is like a great redeemer whom the desperate brother and sister cling to, both in their own fashion, focusing their own secret desires on him.


Aaro is, however, not ready to bow before the demands the market economy places on art. Then Stefan asks if Aaro wants to share the fate of his father whose career as a poet ended in a prison camp as “an enemy of the State”.


The suspicions of the siblings are aroused. How does he know these things about their father, things that even they did not know? Who is Stefan? What does he want from them? Stefan is revealed to be an imposter, an ex-Soviet spy. His only “wound” seems to be the cut by the plastic surgeon’s knife on his face. Stefan represents those who ruined their father, and their life.


Thirsting for revenge, Aaro now consents to giving in to the demands of the new era. He needs Stefan for it. Stefan succumbs to being the artist’s living work of art, completely unaware of Aaro’s darker side, and of the tragedy of the siblings. A power game for reputation and glory between Aaro and Stefan commences, turning surreal in its cruelty.


Encouraged by Stefan, Saara starts to look into the siblings’ past. She finds out that Mother, whom she thought dead, is alive. In a lunatic asylum, Saara meets a mute, abandoned old woman – Mother. In the gloomy, horrifying institution devoid of all human dignity she also meets a young man called Lojze taking care of Mother.


Saara wants to free herself from the captivity her brother, to prevent the recurrence of the tragedy of their past; to change the course of destiny with the assistance of Mother, now slowly regaining her ability to speak and her memory, and the mysterious Lojze who can see straight into Saara’s heart.

Screenplay and Director Maria Ruotsala

Producer, Cinematographer Kimmo Koskela

Production designer Tiina Paavilainen

Costume designer Anu Gould


Main Cast:

Sara: Chloé Farnworth https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3776906/

Aaron: Johan Hwatz  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2662209/

Stefan: Nicolas Fagerberg   https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5822398/

Lojze: Sherwan Haji  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8631509/

Jeff Singer: Geoffrey Carey  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0136953/


Film type: Feature film

Genre: Drama

Lenght: 100min

Release: 2021

Distribution format: ProRes 422 HQ, DCP

Maria Ruotsala, one of the most prominent Finnish contemporary artists and directors,

has been interested in the cinema for a long time and studied it professionally.

Apeiron, is her first feature film realized in collaboration with Kimmo Koskela, who produced and cinematographed the film.

Apeiron was released in 2013.


Hannu Björkbacka writes about Apeiron (Sodankylä 2014 Festival Catalogue):

"As a science fiction about good and evil, Maria Ruotsala’s Apeiron is an original and visually impressive version of Leena Krohn’s ”impossible to film” novel Umbra – silmäys paradoksien arkistoon."

"The adaptation detaches itself from the original work and takes off into another direction. Krohn’s accurate expression receives an equally thought out cinematic counterpart. What suddenly becomes visible in the sci-fi is the inner space of the mind in the spirit of Kubrick, Tarkovsky and Lynch, but also Pasolini, Buñuel and Malick."

"As an art film, Apeiron surpasses the clichés of realism and genre by the freedom of surrealism and avant-garde. It has been made with love and not money, with thought and not effects, but it still fulfils the requirements of science fiction. The result is fabulous."


Black Sun is Maria Ruotsala´s and Kimmo Koskela´s second feature film.

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