"Life isn't meant to be lived, it's meant to be endured." This statement by one of the characters in this ensemble film provides a good indication of the frame of mind of a small Swedish community near the Arctic Circle as it prepares for midsummer night. Everyone has their own cross to bear, some a little heavier than others.

A truck driver, who turns 65 that day, doesn't seem to know what to do with his life now that he is retired. A woman has to justify her responsibility for a failed project that has cost society millions. A shop manager with high blood pressure has to solve all manner of problems, while all he really wants is to be left alone.

This melancholy, dryly comedic Finnish-language film is the fourth of a five-part series on minority languages in Sweden.

Original title
Den längsta dagen
Filmmaker
Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Sweden, Finland
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
119’
Language
Finnish
Producer
Andreas Emanuelsson
Production Company
Bob Film Sweden AB
Sales
Bob Film Sweden AB
Writer
Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Cinematography
Heikki Färm
Editor
Nils Moström, Mervi Junkkonen
Production Design
Marika Åkerblom
Sound Design
Tony Österholm
Music
Andreas Mattsson
Cast
Maria Heiskanen, Ville Virtanen, Kari Hietalahti, Henna Tanskanen, Bianca Kronlöf, Sara Melleri, Marja Packalén