The Dinosaur

  • 89'
  • Finland
  • 2021

What do you do when one of your nation’s greatest filmmakers is now widely remembered as a sociopath who tortured actors with his intemperate moods and drove crews nuts with his directorial excesses? This is the question Veikko Aaltonen explores apropos his mentor: Rauni Mollberg, Finland’s internationally best-known auteur of the 1970s and 1980s.

With grimly naturalist dramas like the bleak Lapland pastoral The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973) or the savage war epic The Unknown Soldier (1985), Mollberg tapped into the collective subconscious of Finland like nobody ever had, producing masterpieces that explore unknown depths of human suffering Finns can eerily identify with. The Dinosaur might talk about only one director and one country, but the questions carefully asked and uneasily answered apply to all film culture everywhere – making it one of the most politically important works of recent years.

Director
Veikko Aaltonen
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Finland
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
89'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Dinosaurus
Language
Finnish
Producers
Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
Production Company
Bufo
Sales
Bufo
Screenplay
Veikko Aaltonen, Jussi Rautaniemi
Cinematography
Iddo Soskolne
Editor
Jussi Rautaniemi
Sound Design
Karri Niinivaara