AUGUST FOOLS

By Taru MÄKELÄ

KINOSTO LTD. - as PROD

Comedy - Completed 2013

August Fools is a warm-hearted drama set against the political backdrop of the Cold War.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • FINLAND, NORWAY, CZECH REPUBLIC
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FINNISH
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Taru MÄKELÄ
    • Writer(s)
    • Raija TALVIO
    • Producer(s)
    • Markku FLINK (Kinosto Oy)
    • Synopsis
    • ELSA (Kati Outinen), a middle-aged milliner and part-time clairvoyant runs a smartest little hat-shop in the heart of Helsinki 1962. She has total control of her life-until the man she once loved and lost suddenly reappears from the past – and from the dead. JAN (Miroslav Etzler), is in town to perform at the Festival with his Czech dance orchestra. For more than two decades Elsa has believed the man to be dead. Initially, Elsa wants to stay away from Jan –and especially from the Festival, which for her is just another attempt by the International Communists to brainwash the good, unsuspecting citizens of Western countries, such as Finland. But Jan is persistent, persuasive, and charming. The intoxicating blend of hot August nights, music, dance and the ice-cold political paranoia of the Age of the Iron Curtain form the circumstances in which Elsa has to make her final choice. Will she yield to the wishes of the Finnish Police, who, under pressure from the KGB, wants her to track down a Czechoslovakian defector or will she opt for an entirely new life herself ?
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