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Finnish 2011 with films at the ICA

Posted at 4:00 pm, December 15, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Teuvo TulioDid you ever want to spend Christmas in Finland, but weren’t inclined to pony up for the air fare? Well the ICA have a strange remedy for you: in what may be the directorial re-discovery of 2011, they’ll be screening four mad melodramas by Finnish showman Teuvo Tulio (1912-2000) from December 16-22. Invariably involving sexed-up labourers, corrupted daughters and plenty of super-soft-focus shots of birds, insects and farm animals (cows are a favourite), the season starts with 1938’s ‘The Song of the Scarlet Flower’, which includes a jaw-dropping stunt set piece that would probably trump Tom Cruise’s skyscraper antics in the new ‘Mission: Impossible’ film, and ends with 1946’s ‘The Cross of Love’ (above) about a young country naïf who turns to corruption and vice when she flees to the big city. Tulio superfans Aki Kaurismäki and Guy Maddin also have work screened in the season, and we can assure that these are well worth taking time out of your shopping schedule for. David Jenkins

For info, see ica.org.uk.

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