The Cuckoo

Genre: War
Duration: 99 mins
Format: 35mm
Director: Alexander Rogozhkin
Cast: Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Mikhail Korobochkin

Awards: FIPRESCI Prize (Moscow International Film Festival 2002) Silver St George Best Director (Moscow International Film Festival 2002) Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (NIKA Awards 2002) Audience Award (San Francisco International Film Festival 2003)

A few days before Finland went out of the Second World War in September 1944. Finnish sniper-kamikaze, Veikko managed to set himself free and Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Secret Police has a narrow escape. These soldiers of two opposing armies meet and are given shelter by Anni, a Lapp woman. To her, they are not enemies, just men. This is a beautiful portrait of human relations under intolerable conditions.

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