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Films & Schedules - STEAM OF LIFE


Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 27, 2011
at 12:30 PM (WH)
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DIRECTOR: Mika Hotakainen, Joonas Berghäll - FINLAND

Men in general, and especially Finnish men, are notorious for keeping their feelings bottled up. But in the almost dreamlike environment of a steam-filled sauna, Finnish men’s deepest feelings about life, love, and family are easily liberated. Steam of Life allows the viewer to become a fly on the wall as it listens in on (naked) men talking to each other and sharing like girls in the sanctuary of the country’s ubiquitous saunas. From the rusted interior of an old converted camper to beautifully appointed wooden steam rooms and even a roadside phone booth fashioned into an impromptu hotbox, the stories ring with profoundly universal truth. “The Finnish sauna documentary had a reputation for being a tear-jerker. I didn’t believe it until I went to see it myself, and all the men in the cinema were in tears.”—BBC. (81 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Freedom To Serve (04).

This year’s Finnish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation, Columbia-Pacific Chapter, and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.



Interests: Oscar Submissions, Documentary Views.

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