A biopic of Vili Vesterinen, a popular Finnish accordion virtuoso (1907-61). After years of playing by the ear and for free at local country dances in his home province Karelia, he is ... See full summary »

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Sakari Jurkka ...
Vili Vesterinen
Marjatta Kallio ...
Mirja
Ekke Hämäläinen ...
Jaakko Perälä
Santeri Karilo ...
Mirja's father
Sasu Haapanen ...
Director of Musicschool in Viipuri
Emmi Jurkka ...
Circus woman
Kerttu Salmi ...
Director in Restaurant Capella
Pirkko Karppi ...
Liisukka
Martta Kontula ...
Singing teacher
Pentti Irjala ...
Aaro
Eero Leväluoma ...
Kukkola, accordeonist
Saara Ranin ...
Landlady
Heimo Lepistö ...
Bili
Ville-Veikko Salminen ...
Village boy from Ollila
Veikko Linna ...
Villager
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A biopic of Vili Vesterinen, a popular Finnish accordion virtuoso (1907-61). After years of playing by the ear and for free at local country dances in his home province Karelia, he is accepted at the Viipuri Conservatory to study double bass. Accordion is frowned upon in classical music circles, and Vili is frustrated for having to learn to read music and pick up notes from his large 'cupboard', as he calls his assigned instrument. Depressed even more after his childhood sweetheart Mirja gets engaged to his best friend, he finally manages to join Dallapé, the most prestigious dance band of pre-war Finland. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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9 September 1955 (Finland)  »

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Säkkijärven polka  »

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Vili Vesterinen: I collect stones in my pocket and jump into the sea. Goodbye!
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Sakari Jurkka as Vili Vesterinen in a worthy biopic

Vili Vesterinen (1907-1961) was a Finnish accordion virtuoso.This movie shows us him being a poor Karelian boy and then going to Viipuri Conservatory to study double bass.That's not his instrument and all he really wants to do is play his accordion to the folks.But reaching the stars is never easy.Ville Salminen's Säkkijärven Polkka (1955) is a pretty great biopic of one fine musician.The now 85-year Sakari Jurkka was a perfect man for the part of Vili Vesterinen.Marjatta Kallio as his childhood sweetheart Mirja is wonderful.Ekke Hämäläinen as his friend Jaakko is terrific.Santeri Karilo plays Mirja's father.Sylva Rossi is her mother.Emmi Jurkka plays Circus woman.Pentti Irjala is Aaro.Saara Ranin is Landlady.Director's son Ville-Veikko Salminen is Village boy from Ollila.Veikko Linna plays Villager.In smaller parts you can see Spede Pasanen (Engineer #2), Armas Jokio (Circus man) and Leo Jokela (Celebrator).Viljo Vesterinen appears as himself.The movie consists of fantastic music.The title song is heard several times.In this movie we see Vili's life full of sadness and joy.Those are the two things we can find from anybody's life.


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