STEAM OF LIFE

Naked Finnish men sit in the sauna and speak straight from their heart. In the warmth of rusty stoves these men cleanse themselves both physically and mentally.

The film travels through Finland and the camera joins men in many different saunas to let us hear touching stories about love, death, birth and friendship. In all of its simplicity camera records the landscapes, saunas and men in almost magical pictures. The presence of the characters and the depth of the emotion reaches the limit where it is almost intolerable for the viewer to watch. This film reveals the naked souls of these men exceptionally intimately and creates a poetic portrayal of Finnish men.

Duration: 84 min
Shooting Format: S16mm
Screening Format: 35mm, HDCam, DigiBeta

Written and Directed by
Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen

Cinematography
Heikki Färm F.S.C.
Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C.

Editing
Timo Peltola

Sound Design
Christian Christensen

Music
Jonas Bohlin

Producer
Joonas Berghäll / OKTOBER OY

Co-Producer
Adel Kjellström / Röde Orm Film AB

International distribution:
Films Transit International Inc.

In association with:
YLE TV2 / Dokumenttiprojekti, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, MEDIA Programme, NFTF, ARTE, Swedish Film Institute, SVT, ERR

OKTOBER OY / 2010

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