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Synopsis
Timo is an esteemed concert pianist whose personal life is on the rocks. One day he finds an older shabby-looking man at his door. The man, Leo, turns out to be his father who left the country when Timo was 3—and hasn't been in touch for 35 years. Leo, an eternal trickster with a positive outlook on life, had to leave his homeland thanks to a series of messy entanglements. Now he's come back to hand over a rather mysterious legacy to his son and answer questions regarding the past. To do this the two will have to embark on a trip together and hit the road north. What starts out as a comical and quirky clash of personalities ends up as an emotional revelation, as the two men inadvertently help each other to come to terms with their own failings.
Road North
Directed by: Mika Kaursimäki
Original title: Tie Pohjoiseen
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Cast: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Samuli Edelmann, Mari Perankoski, Irina Björklund, Peter Franzen, Elina Knihtilä
Written by: Sami Keski-Vähälä, Mika Kaurismäki
Produced by: Mika Kaurismäki
Production company: Marianna Films Oy
Production year: 2012
Release year: 2012
Country: Finland
Language: Finnish
Duration: 110 min
Subtitled versions: English
Format: HDCam / DCP
News
05.11.2012 'BUYER'S DRIVE TO YELLOW AFFAIR'S ROAD NORTH' - - - (SCREEN DAILY NOV 3) - - - Sales outfit The Yellow Affair has sold Mika Kaurismäki’s comedy drama Road North to Japan (Alcine), Canada (Kinosmith), Benelux (Bridge Rights) and Estonia (Estinfilm). Alcine has also taken Kaurismaki’s Brothers, while Estinfilm nabbed comedy Gloriously Wasted, by Lauri Maijala. Stockholm and Helsinki based The Yellow Affair recently picked up football documentary The King - Jari Litmanen, recently selected for IDFA 2012. Road North was a Finnish box office hit. The company is also discussing Kaurismaki’s intriguing upcoming period drama The Girl King, starring Malin Buska and Martina Gedeck.
21.09.2012 'ROAD NORTH' IN VARIETY - - - The views of the vast and beautiful Finnish countryside, the music choices and the casting of two of the country's most beloved performers all show Kaurismaki celebrating his patrimony even as he gently satirizes male relationships. The overall tone is sweeter than usual for the helmer/co-writer, without being overly sentimental. Central performances are broad but engaging. Sharp production package is appropriately colorful. Article: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948378/
Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival Contemporary World Cinema
St Petersburg International Film Festival 2012 The Audience Choice Award
Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Official Selection
Valladolid International Film Festival 2012 Official Selection
Muces 2012, Segovia Official Selection
Camerimage, Poland 2012 Official Selection
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection
Guadalajara International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection
Bari International Film Festival 2013 Best Actor Award - Vesa-Matti Loiri
Istanbul International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection
Eurocine, Columbia 2013 Official Selection
Festroia International Film Festival, Portugal Best Actor Award - Vesa-matti Loiri
Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection
Hong Kong European Film Festival 2013 Official Selection
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