The February selection of the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center is a gripping, unconventional drama, “The Cuckoo.” The film will be shown on Wednesday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center. The screening is open to the public; donations are appreciated.
Set in northern Finland at the close of Axis-aligned Finland’s involvement in World War II, “The Cuckoo” introduces us to pacifist Finnish soldier Veikko, who is trussed to a wilderness rock formation as punishment for desertion. Nearby, Soviet Capt. Ivan, en route to his trial for treason, survives the bombing of his transport. Anni, a local Sami woman, comes to the aid of both men, and an unlikely relationship is forged.
Originally released in 2003, “The Cuckoo” won a total of 24 awards from various film festivals around the world, including several for best film. With a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, the film is suitable for most audiences; some brief scenes contain adult situations, mild wartime violence, and some adult language.
The Nordic Film Series is one of the Finnish American Heritage Center’s longest-running community programs. The Series shows one film per month from Finland or another Nordic country during the academic year.
For more information about the Heritage Center, call (906) 487-7549 or visit finlandia.edu/fahc.
Article provided by the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University.Tags: David Maki, FAHC, Finnish American Archives, Finnish American Heritage Center, Finnish American Historical Archive, Nordic Film Series