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  • Laugh or Die

  • Original Title:
  • Suomen hauskin mies
  • Screening Time:
  • Year:
  • 2018

  • Laugh or Die is based on true events. In the harsh conditions of the Mjölö Island prison camp a group of actors of the Workers’ Theatre, sentenced to death, rehearsed a comedy play poking fun at the prospective German king of Finland. In our filmentertaining the visiting Commander of the German troops will be rewarded with a chance to avoid being shotThe film’s lead, Parikka, is an ambivalent main character: a famous actor who receives a death sentence for a horrible crime. His story is about the insolence of a comedy maker, freedom and the last chance of finding reconciliation within oneself through a common effort. Without satire, culture will die.

    Director’s Statement: Laugh or Die is a project especially close to my heart. I have a past in the theatre, both as a stage actor as well as a director. The film tells about the fears I experienced as a performer: what it’s like to perform with everything at stake, and succeed by a whisker. This film is about power of laughter. Even in oppressive circumstances any community can survive if it knows how to address things through comedy. Hilarious and cruel. Touching and outrageous. These were my keywords when making this film.

  • Director:
  • Heikki Kujanpää
  • Genre:
  • Drama
  • Duration:
  • 100 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland, Sweden
  • Production Company:
  • Inland Film Company Oy
  • Sales Company:
  • Media Luna New Films
    Floriano Buono
  • About the Director:
    Heikki Kujanpää studied film at the Department of TV and Film at the School of Arts and Design. He made short films like The Icebreaker and A Small Pilgrimage, both awarded several international prizes. His first feature Falling Angels won three Jussi Awards. He also made a short film Pocket Parking and TV series Absolutely Gloomy, which he also co‐written.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • Laugh or Die Image
  • Laugh or Die

  • Suomen hauskin mies
  • Year:
  • 2018

  • Director:
  • Heikki Kujanpää
  • Genre:
  • Drama
  • Duration:
  • 100 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland, Sweden
  • Production Company:
  • Inland Film Company Oy
  • Sales Company:
  • Media Luna New Films
    Floriano Buono
  • Laugh or Die is based on true events. In the harsh conditions of the Mjölö Island prison camp a group of actors of the Workers’ Theatre, sentenced to death, rehearsed a comedy play poking fun at the prospective German king of Finland. In our filmentertaining the visiting Commander of the German troops will be rewarded with a chance to avoid being shotThe film’s lead, Parikka, is an ambivalent main character: a famous actor who receives a death sentence for a horrible crime. His story is about the insolence of a comedy maker, freedom and the last chance of finding reconciliation within oneself through a common effort. Without satire, culture will die.

    Director’s Statement: Laugh or Die is a project especially close to my heart. I have a past in the theatre, both as a stage actor as well as a director. The film tells about the fears I experienced as a performer: what it’s like to perform with everything at stake, and succeed by a whisker. This film is about power of laughter. Even in oppressive circumstances any community can survive if it knows how to address things through comedy. Hilarious and cruel. Touching and outrageous. These were my keywords when making this film.

  • About the Director:
    Heikki Kujanpää studied film at the Department of TV and Film at the School of Arts and Design. He made short films like The Icebreaker and A Small Pilgrimage, both awarded several international prizes. His first feature Falling Angels won three Jussi Awards. He also made a short film Pocket Parking and TV series Absolutely Gloomy, which he also co‐written.