DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS to have its North American Premiere at TIFF

Selected in the Contemporary World Cinema section at TIFF, Dogs Don't Wear Pants continues on a fantastic worldwide festival run having already been selected for Cannes Directors' Fortnight  and recently selected for Sitges as the opening night film in the Noves Visions section. The film will have its US premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

"Valkeapää’s third feature will likely make international waves based on its quality cast, high production polish and perennially buzzy subject matter." Hollywood Reporter

Gradually carving out a tender, conflicted misfit romance from lurid beginnings, and eventually finding joy in some very dark corners, Finnish writer-director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää maintains a peculiar tonal balance to the end of his irresistibly titled third feature." Variety

"It’s an incredible piece of filmmaking that uses the very particular visual language of submission/domination to tell a story so full of heady emotion that at times it threatens to burst at the seams". ScreenAnarchy

The story follows Juha who develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona, following a tragic event in his life that has left him emotionally paralyzed. His dangerous addiction to suffocation is reciprocated by Mona leading them both down a wild and crazy path towards emotional enlightenment. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is a darkly humorous story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being.

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is directed by J-P Valkeapää, written by J-P Valkeapää and Juhana Lumme and produced by Aleksi Bardy and Helen Vinogradov for Helsinki-filmi. The film is co-produced by Alise Gelze and Aija Berzina, Tasse Film (Latvia) and in association with Vratislav Šlajer and Danny Holman, Bionaut (Czech Republic).

The lead roles are played by award-winning actors Pekka Strang (Tom of Finland, 95, The Ceiling, Armi Live!, Naked Harbour) and Krista Kosonen (Miami, Beforeigners, Blade Runner 2049, The Midwife, Jade Warrior).

Karoliina Dywer from THE YELLOW AFFAIR will be attending TIFF from 5-11 Sep. 

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Steven Bestwick