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28 January 2019: Women of Niskavuori


Women of Niskavuori
Valentin Vaala, 1938, 85 min
Finnish with English subtitles

Adapted from a play by novelist Hella Wuolijoki (who initially wrote under a male pseudonym) this is Valentin Vaala's pivotal work of the 1930s and the first in a series of five films chronicling the life of a wealthy farm household across decades and generations. Compared to an equally successful series of "provincial comedy-dramas" made by Marcel Pagnol in France, Vaala's work proves to be visually more adventurous with its camera movements and faster pace.

Part of Antti Alanen and Ehsan Khoshbakht's Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema season