Mystery of the Wolf / Suden arvoitus
Finland, 90' ,
Directed by: Raimo O. Niemi
Script: Heikki Vuento
Producer: Leila Lyytikäinen, Claes Olsson, Risto Salomaa
Production company: Kinoproduction Oy, Film and Music Entertainment- F&ME
Editing: Jukka Nykänen
Music: Sarah Class
Cast: Ville Haapasalo, Pekka Huotari, Juha Kukkonen, Eero Milonoff
Format: 35 mm, boja
Running time: 90'
Salla, who has lived with foster parents since she was a baby, feels strong sympathy for wolves and the ruggedly beautiful nature of Northern Finland. She has inherited this tendency from her biological mother, who returns to her home town without a warning, making Salla anxious and putting her relationship with her foster parents to a test. Simultaneously, Salla embarks on the adventure of her life with her friend Matias: they discover a group of poachers and manage to rescue two wolf cubs from the hunters. The hunters, however, are not the only enemies the wolves have in a region where subsistence depends on reindeer herding.
Raimo O Niemi is probably the best known director of films for children and young adults in Finland. After five years studies at a film school in Moscow in the 1970s, Niemi returned to Finland. He directed several TV-plays and –films between 1978 and 1984, the most important of which was Sumua (Fog) (1981). Niemi’s feature The Killing of the Cat (1993) tells about the life of problem youth taken into custody. Tomas (1994) followed. Niemi’s best- known feature is the 1998 Tommy and the Wildcat. Mystery of the Wolf is his last feature success.
Location and screening schedule: Cinema Europe, Thursday, October 25th at 13.00