Mika Ronkainen

2013 90 min.

Original Version with Catalan/Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Direction and Screenplay: Mika Ronkainen
    • Photography: Vesa Taipaleenmäki
    • Edition: Åsa Mossberg
    • Sound: Esa Nissi, Janne Huotari
    • Executive Production: Kimmo Paananen, Mika Ronkainen, Ulla Simonen
    • Suitable for all audiences



Kai Latvalehto, an ex-musician in his forties, drives with his father Tauno from Oulu in Northern Finland all the way downto Gothenburg in Southern Sweden to revisit the places they lived in back in the 1970’s – from Kai’s childhood until hewas a teenager. The journey of a father and son turns into a musical trip into the emotional memory and the history ofFinnish immigration in Sweden; of shame, guilt, crime, alcoholism, and family secrets.

The film tells the personal story of a father and a son, but also that of those 600,000 Finns who moved to Sweden in the1960’s–1970’s as migrant workers escaping the huge unemployment in Finland. Around 200,000 of them returned backto Finland in the 1980s. Kai and Tauno were among those who returned.

About direction (Mika Ronkainen)

Mika Ronkainen's (born 1970) work includes the prize-winning and acclaimed documentaries likeFinnish Blood Swedish Heart, Screaming Men, Freetime Machos, Our Summer, and Car Bonus.Ronkainen's films have screened at several film festivals including Sundance's World CinemaCompetition, IDFA Competition for Feature Length Documentaries, and Tribeca Film FestivalDocumentary Competition. Graduated 1997 from Oulu Institute of Arts and Design. Ronkainen is aco-owner of Oulu-based Klaffi Productions. Works also as a producer and editor.

Awards & Festivals

  • Göteborg Film Festival - Best Nordic Documentary Award. Germany, 2013
  • Tampere Film Festival - Audience, Main and Risto Jarva Award.  Finland, 2013
  • Oslo Eurodok - Honorary Mention. Norway, 2013