New Scandinavian Cinema: THEY HAVE ESCAPED


Dreams, memories, hallucinations, and harsh reality interweave in Finnish filmmaker Valkeapää’s dark drama-thriller. Joni (Teppo Manner) is a shy, stuttering boy who has fled military service and is assigned to a halfway house for troubled youth. There he meets Raisa (Roosa Söderholm), who is like a wild animal trying to break free of her chains. Their shared disregard for rules, laws, and convention leads them to steal a car and embark on a journey that takes them from a drug-fuelled island idyll to an encounter with a hippie trinket salesman, and eventually on a trip to Raisa’s childhood home –where things shift from ill-starred romance to something far more troubling. Winner of the Jussi Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. (100 min.)

THEY HAVE ESCAPED screens Monday, October 26 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our New Scandinavian Cinema series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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