THE LAST MISFITS BY THE GOLDEN RIVER
23-25 June 2020
Cannes Docs Co-Pro Speed Meetings
Project curated by:
When East Meets West
Original title: Joki
Directed by: Juho-Pekka Tanskanen
Produced by: Isabella Karhu (Danish Bear Productions, Finland)
Country of production: Finland
Runtime: 80' & 52'
Expected release: January 2023
Budget: €415,000 (20% in place)
1st feature: 2nd feature
Looking for: Co-producers, funding, pre-buys, sales agent / distributor
The film follows the last gold miners living in the midst of wilderness in Lapland. Only an old television set as their messenger of the outside world, the miners try to make the most of their last moments in the existence as the government is closing down their way of living. Not happy with the government’s actions, this small community is fighting against the legislation that’s leading to their downfall.
Juho-Pekka Tanskanen was born in 1988 in Helsinki, Finland and graduated from Lahti university of applied sciences’ cinema studies in 2014. Tanskanen is a member of The Association of Finnish Film Directors and his first feature length film Waiting for Barcelona was nominated for the Finnish National ‘Jussi’ award for best documentary. The film was widely praised and the Finnish main stream critics said that Waiting for Barcelona is a new generation’s film and leads the way in the Finnish cinema art. Tanskanen is currently studying in the master’s programme of fiction film directing at Aalto University and he co-founded Danish Bear Productions with Isabella Karhu in 2015.
Waiting for Barcelona, feature documentary, 2018
Sami’s film, short documentary, 2016
Death in the afternoon, short fiction, 2015