The Winter War (Talvisota) (1989, 4K)

Outmanned Finns vs. Russian Invaders in Epic ‘Talvisota’

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

About the film:

“Talvisota,” Finland’s official entry into the Oscars 1989, is a classic war picture, at once intimate and epic, majestic and numbing, that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Finns’ brave stand against Russian invaders, which began Nov. 30, 1939.

It is a grueling, superb and altogether rewarding achievement, with glorious cinematography and exceptional sound. It has a tremendous, agonizing immediacy yet preserves a detached perspective throughout. It has a whopping 196-minute running time, yet is so absorbing that it does not seem overly long.

Its strength is in its simplicity. In bringing his novel to the screen, writer Antti Tuuri and director Pekka Parikka have striven for an understated realism that takes us right into daily life in the trenches. The result is a collective portrait of sturdy, resilient men, most of whom are taciturn farmers sustained by a strong sense of community, a deep reverence for God and an earthy sense of humor. “Talvisota” is in no way anti-war but is rather a dignified tribute to those Finns who banded together to resist an invasion of their country against a mighty, if cumbersome and ill-prepared, oppressor.


Talvisota. Special screening in LAB-1 in April / May.
We give a big thanks to Finnish National Audiovisual Institute for generating English subtitles for our screenings!

Talvisota duurt drie uur en is niet eerder in Nederland te zien geweest! De film wordt vertoond met Engelse ondertiteling. De ondertitels zijn speciaal in Finland gemaakt voor onze vertoningen.

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