Lumberjacks and Logrollers – Ferryboat Romance (On lautalla pienoinen kahvila)
$12 General Admission
** Followed by a Q&A with festival curator Dr. Vito Adriaensens **
** Co-presented with Department of Scandinavian Studies Finnish Studies Program at UW and Nordic Museum **
Ferryboat Romance was the feature film directing debut of renowned Finnish actor Thure Bahne, who had been a mainstay in Finnish cinema since the 1930s. The film has the stunning journalist Sanni (Tuija Halonen) visiting the countryside to write about the timber industry. Looking for a room she is immediately thrust into the merry community of loggers, always up for a song, but one of them, Hurma-Jussi, is a little too persistent. Luckily, she is saved from Hurma-Jussi’s claws by the handsome lumberjack Eräs (William Markus). Sanni learns about the community by working as an assistant to cook Marleena (played by Finnish icon Siiri Angerkoski), who is pursued by the jolly oaf Metku (character actor Kalle Viherpuu). Persistently rejected by Sanni, Hurma-Jussi turns to drastic measures and kidnaps her, but he has underestimated her friends in the small logging community. The film is beautifully shot and not only wonderfully portrays the romance between a young couple, but even more so the love between the older Marleena and Metku.
About the curator:
Dr. Vito Adriaensens is a film historian and filmmaker who teaches film at Columbia University in New York and is a researcher at the University of Antwerp. He is the author of the upcoming Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2019), the co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017), and is on the Executive Committee of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema. He has programmed Scandinavian cinema in New York and Belgium, and has written on the marvels of Danish and Swedish early cinema in Kosmorama, the journal of the Danish Film Institute; in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. He is preparing books on the Tableau Vivant across the arts, and the Finnish Lumberjack Film.