MIDSUMMER NIGHT TANGO

TANGO DE UNA NOCHE DE VERANO

By Viviane BLUMENSCHEIN

GEMA FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

Finns have a quirky sense of humour – and are a bit shy. But: Tango is THE folk music of the Finns. The documentary discovers the Finnish tango from the viewpoint of 3 Argentinean musicians who travel to Finland to find out whether Aki Kaurismäki is telling the truth when he asserts that tango music

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Ventana Sur 2013
Video Library
Rotterdam IFFR 2013
BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2013
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA, GERMANY, FINLAND
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, FINNISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Viviane BLUMENSCHEIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Christian BEETZ (GB FILMPRODUKTION), Gema JUAREZ ALLEN (GEMAFILMS), Pertti VEIJALAINEN (ILLUME OY)
    • Synopsis
    • A Finnish saying goes: “Rather a man with a runny nose than a man with a hollow laugh.” Finns have a quirky sense of humour – and they are also a bit shyer than other people. They only become talkative after the third beer or so, sometimes not even then. Finns weigh their words carefully; when they speak it is for a purpose, which is why they speak as little as possible and avoid small talk. 

Tango is THE folk music of the Finnish people. In cold, northern Finland, tango has found a new home. Although it may be unexpected of the quiet Finns, they have dance floors everywhere – something that reveals their hidden passion. Tango is as Finnish as sauna and skiing. The famous Finnish Director Aki Kaurismäki sees tango as the only chance for asocial Finns to meet one another, and thus reproduce. He even goes so far as to say that the Finns invented tango. This statement might be charming and proof of a great passion, but it remains to be proven. 


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