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Engelsk titelKahlekuningas
Produktions år2002
RegissörArto Koskinen
ManusförfattareArto Koskinen
FotografHans Welin
ProducentClaes Olsson

Kort synopsis

In the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist. While standing handcuffed on the railway bridge, contemplating a stunt jump into the icy river, he reminisces the dramatic events of the summer before. For the viewer, his problems are presented with warm humour ,gang fights, feeling guilty for lying, Father losing his job, Mother losing her nerves, not to mention Grandfather having lost his willingness to speak since a traumatic war experience 30 years earlier.


Mikka Enbuske, Heikki Hela, Maija Junno, Sulevi Peltola, Arttu Kapulainen, Emil Lundberg
SamproducentGöran Lindström, Per-Erik Svensson
SamproduktionsbolagEurimages, Filmpool Nord, Finnish Film Foundation, MovieMakers, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, SVT Drama (as SVT Fiktion), Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI), Yleisradio (YLE)
DistributörSonet Film
KommunerHaparanda, Luleå