The Grump: In Search of an Escort

2022 • 1h 48m • Finland,Germany

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Festival tag:

New Nordic Films

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Original title
mielensäpahoittaja
Director
Mika Kaurismäki
Writer
Daniela Hakulinen, Tuomas Kyrö
Cinematographer
Jari Mutikainen
Producer
Jukka Helle, Markus Selin, Hanna Virolainen, Raoul Reinert
Production company
Solar Films, co-produced with Aspekt Telefilm (D)
Int. Sales
The Yellow Affair
The Grump is busy in his usual routine, working on his farm, but memories of his big brother Tarmo are bothering him. Tarmo moved decades ago, and the brothers haven’t been in touch, even though they were best friends when they were children. One day the Grump crashes his beloved Escort, and the car is taken to the junkyard. But the Grump is particular when it comes to cars; any old car won’t do. The nearest 1972 Escort is found in Germany – the land Tarmo moved to all those years ago and these estranged siblings find that they might have more in common than they allow themselves to believe.

Director

Mika Kaurismäki had an overnight sensation with his first film Liar (1980). It marked the beginning of a new era in Finnish cinema, in which the Kaurismäki brothers led the way. Since then, Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries, including The Worthless, Rosso, Helsinki Napoli, LA Without a Map, Mama Africa, Brasileirinho, Road North and Girl King.
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