Main Cast: Eero Aho, Marketta Tikkanen, Johannes Holopainen
This was undoubtedly the most talked-about film with its two ‘preview’ screenings in Kilkenny last year. Unknown Soldier is the biggest ever-grossing picture in Finland ($17m) and is nothing short of a triumph from director, Aku Louhimies. The film is based on a best-selling book by Väinö Linna, who wrote about his personal experiences in the war and it follows a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers in the battlefield between Finland and the Soviet Union during World War 2. From the cinematography to the use of images and wonderful performances from the actors, you are simply spellbound by the level of artistry at play in the hands of a master film-maker.