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The Punk Syndrome
Kovasikajuttu
dir. Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi / Finland 2012 / 85’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Aira Välitalo, Sirkka Leikola

awards

Visions du Réel, Festival International de Cinéma 2012 – Special Prize for the Most Innovative Feature Film

Film description

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, or Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, may well be the world’s last quintessential punk band. True to the genre, they scream and yell at a host of chosen targets, from politicians and their social policies to… pedicurists. And though aggressive, coarse and raw political and social rage has always fuelled punk esthetics everywhere the music has played for the past 30 years, what sets Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day apart from the rest is that all the band members live with various forms of mental disabilities, ranging from learning difficulties to Down syndrome. Directors Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi offer a sober portrait of mental disability, documenting the band without patronizing the musicians or pandering to easy sentimentality. The film is a great piece of behind-the-scenes filmmaking that captures the band and its best and worst moments. But, more than that, it also suggests politically charged questions about how we define ‘normality’ and for whose benefit.

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska

Information about directors

Jukka Kärkkäinen

Jukka Kärkkainen has been making documentary films since 2003. Aside from film-making, Jukka also works as a construction worker. He is the co-founder of Mouka Filmi Production Company.

Selected filmography

2000 Kukka – Hot Light (short)

2008 Matkalla vanhuuteen / Tomorrow was Yesterday (doc.)

2009 Fiński pokój / Kansakunnan olohuone / The Living Room of the Nation (doc.)

2012 Zespół punka / Kovasikajuttu / The Punk Syndrome (co-dir., doc.)

Jani-Petteri Passi

Jani-Petteri Passi has been working as a cinematographer since 2000. He also works as a screenwriter and director. 

Selected filmography

2007 Pelastajat (co-dir., TV series)

2012 Zespół punka / Kovasikajuttu / The Punk Syndrome (co-dir., doc.)

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska

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director: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi
screenplay: Sami Jahnukainen, Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi
cinematography: Jani-Petteri Passi
editing: Riitta Poikselkä
cast: Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Aira Välitalo, Sirkka Leikola
producer: Sami Jahnukainen
production: Auto Images, Film i Skåne, Indie Film as, Mouka Filmi Oy, Yleisradio
sales: Autlook Films
source of print: Finnish Film Institute
awards: Visions du Réel, Festival International de Cinéma 2012 – Special Prize for the Most Innovative Feature Film
language: Finnish
colouration: colour
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