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Sauna -- As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.
Sauna -- Wash your sins.

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Writer:
Iiro Küttner (written by)
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Release Date:
24 October 2008 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Wash your sins.
Plot:
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Contemplative Horror See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ville Virtanen ... Eerik

Tommi Eronen ... Knut
Viktor Klimenko ... Semenski
Rain Tolk ... Rogosin
Kari Ketonen ... Musko
Sonja Petäjäjärvi ... Poika
Vilhelmiina Virkkunen ... Tytär
Taisto Reimaluoto ... Isäntä
Ismo Kallio ... Kylänvanhin

Kati Outinen ... Eukko
Dick Idman ... Roukkula
Ivo Kubecka ... Munkki
Elena Leeve ... Isännän tyttären ääni (voice)
Elena Spirina ... Rogosinin äidin tuutulaulu (voice)
Peter Holmlund ... Ruotsalaisten tulkki
Asko Vainio ... Ondrei Suurinen
Timo Halonen ... Ruotsalainen knihti
Eero Jaakkola ... Ruotsalainen knihti
Aleksei Kettunen ... Venäläinen streltsi
Juha Linna ... Venäläinen streltsi
Stefano Pallanza ... Venäläinen streltsi
Antti Eskola ... Pohjalainen talonpoika
Markku Salo ... Pohjalainen talonpoika
Heikki Tuomaala ... Karjalainen talonpoika
Ari Wirta ... Kaatamolainen talonpoika
Tarmo Leppänen ... Kaatamolainen talonpoika
Kari Nurmi ... Kaatamolainen talonpoika
Olavi Kari ... Kaatamolainen talonpoika
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Directed by
Antti-Jussi Annila  (as AJ Annila)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Iiro Küttner  written by

Produced by
Jesse Fryckman .... producer
Filip Hejduk .... line producer
Tero Kaukomaa .... producer
Anna Konttinen .... post-production producer
Heikki Leikola .... associate producer
San Fu Maltha .... associate producer
Artturi Mutanen .... associate producer
Martti Ylöstalo .... post-production producer
 
Original Music by
Panu Aaltio 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Blomberg 
 
Film Editing by
Joona Louhivuori 
 
Casting by
Tutsa Paananen  (as Tutsa Virtanen)
Pia Pesonen 
Ivan Vorlícek 
 
Production Design by
Béda Vladimír Dvorák  (as Vladimir Bedrich Dvorak)
Antti Nikkinen 
Ville Vauras 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Vilppunen 
 
Makeup Department
Martina Janotova .... assistant makeup artist
Linda Kopecka .... assistant makeup artist
Tereza Pracharova .... assistant makeup artist
Laura Rantaniemi .... assistant makeup artist
Salla Yli-Luopa .... makeup designer (as Salla Mäntymaa)
 
Production Management
David Promberger .... production manager
Essi Suomela .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shakir Hafoudh .... second assistant director
Antti Lahtinen .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ellinoora Aro .... assistant art director
Timo Hyppönen .... graphic designer
Jiri Maran .... set decorating stand-by
Jiri Navratil .... property master
Ahti Pursiainen .... assistant art director
Saara Salmi .... assistant art director
Riina Sipovaara .... graphic designer
Frantisek Sloup .... set decorating stand-by
Petr Votava .... prop buyer
 
Sound Department
Joonas Jyrälä .... sound recordist
Vesa Meriläinen .... boom operator
Vesa Meriläinen .... sound designer
Miia Nevalainen .... foley editor
Miia Nevalainen .... foley mixer
Olli Pärnänen .... sound mixer
Panu Riikonen .... sound designer
Panu Riikonen .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Erkki Feodoroff .... special effects technician
Jarno Jernström .... special effects technician
Jiri Maran .... special effects
Jukkis Nissilä .... special effects foreman
Jonas Nourisson .... special effects technician
Mikko Sarkkinen .... special effects coordinator
Terhi Silenius .... special effects assistant
Frantisek Sloup .... special effects
Ilkka Vanhamäki .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Juha Jokinen .... visual effects
Pasi Kaarto .... visual effects coordinator
Lasse Kilpiä .... animator: titles
Sakari Leppä .... visual effects
Timo-Pekko Nieminen .... visual effects
Antti Peltoranta .... visual effects
Eric Raunio .... animator: titles
Carlos Santos .... animator: titles
Olli Leppänen .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Pavel Bezdek .... stunt coordinator
David Matousek .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sari Aaltonen .... first assistant camera
Antti Härkönen .... first assistant camera: 2nd unit
Jindra Kares .... lighting technician (as Jindrich Kares)
Aleksi Koskinen .... still photographer
Kosti Lehikoinen .... key grip
Jarkko Liikanen .... second assistant camera
Sami Mäntymaa .... lighting technician
Harri Naarajärvi .... key grip: 2nd unit
Juha Niska .... best boy
Joel Siitonen .... grip assistant
Sami Toro .... key grip
Anne Vahlsten .... second assistant camera: 2nd unit
Henry Wacklin .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Frantisek Petrak .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katka Coufalikova .... assistant costumer (as Katerina Coufalikova)
Henrik Heiskanen .... seamstress
Onerva Hemmilä .... costume cutter
Onerva Hemmilä .... head of sewing room
Apolena Krotka .... assistant costumer
Emmi Leeve .... assistant to costume designer
Katja Rautapohja .... seamstress
Susanna Tekkala .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Giuseppe Di Giorgio .... digital transfer
Pentti Keskimäki .... color timer
Outi Kinnunen .... film scanner
Joonas Kiviharju .... film scanner
Kari Manns .... color timer
Mikael Palsio .... editorial trainee
Antti Reikko .... assistant editor
Ville-Matti Vasama .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Panu Aaltio .... musician: synthesizer
Panu Aaltio .... orchestrator
Niall Acott .... music recordist
Dave Daniels .... musician: solo cello
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Mark Forster .... assistant music recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra coordinator
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestra coordinator
Perry Montague Mason .... concert master (as Perry Montague-Mason)
Mikko Oinonen .... music mixer
Anna-Kaisa Pippuri .... musician: English horn
 
Transportation Department
Lubomir Dopita .... driver: makeup bus
Juha-Antti Heikkinen .... transportation
Petr Hybner .... transportation
Jiri Kotan .... transportation
Timo Lahtinen .... transportation
Jirí Malek .... driver: production trailer
Jirí Marek .... driver: off-road vehicle
Kamil Zimmer .... transportation
 
Other crew
Jenni Ahlbom .... horse keeper
Anne-Mari Antila .... horse keeper
Ladislav Benetka .... genny
Jana Bukovska .... finances
Susan Heiskanen .... translator
Kati Helander .... marketing intern
Niina Honkasola .... marketing intern
Vladimir Horak .... minibus hire
Sini Hormio .... script supervisor
David Hysek .... minibus hire
Hannu Iso-Herttua .... horse keeper
Sinikka Iso-Herttua .... horse keeper
Petr Jelinek .... runner
Sini Jääskeläinen .... production assistant
Ukko Kaarto .... marketing manager
Marketa Kaderkova .... finances
Aleksei Kettunen .... translator: Russian dialogue
Jenny Kilpi .... horse keeper
Jiri Krejcir .... set properties
Lotta Lanamäki .... production assistant
Martti Lehelä .... cars
Tuomas Lius .... translator
Marika Mäkelä .... horse keeper
Veli-Matti Mäkolä .... finances
Maija Nurmio .... double: Tytär
Sico Plosiny .... cherrypicker operator
Olli Rinne .... marketing intern
Pavel Rizek .... genny
Michael Rossler .... location manager
Inari Sainio .... caterer
Barbara Sarochova .... production coordinator
Valtteri Simonen .... translator: Russian dialogue
Martin Stanék .... base camp runner (as Martin Stanek)
Essi Suomela .... finances
Juha Säkkinen .... location manager: second unit
Jaakko Toppari .... double: Musko
Ville-Matti Vasama .... film printing
Petri Österlund .... location manager
 
Thanks
Marc Gassot .... thanks
Ville Haapasalo .... thanks
Jalmari Helander .... thanks
Antti Hukkanen .... thanks
Oskari Huttu .... thanks
Tove Idström .... thanks
Katja Kukkola .... thanks
Timo-Pekko Nieminen .... special thanks
Pekka Ollula .... thanks
Jarmo Puskala .... thanks
Aleksi Salmenperä .... thanks
Olli Soinio .... thanks
Annika Sucksdorff .... thanks
Juuso Syrjä .... thanks
Samuli Torssonen .... thanks
Timo Vuorensola .... special thanks
 

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83 min
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Trivia:
The word 'Poika' means 'Boy' in Finnish. However, the character 'Poika' is played by a girl 'Sonja Petäjäjärvi'.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Modern day fillings are visible in the mouth of one character.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Eerik:[Eerik just brutally killed a man with a knife] 73...
Knut:73 what?
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74 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Contemplative Horror, 25 October 2008
Author: peas-n-carrots from Canada

Having premiered his debut feature "Jade Warrior" at Toronto in 2006, A.J. Annila returned with his second film "Sauna", yet another blend of two unexpected genres. He was originally approached to make the movie as a teen slasher-comedy, but thankfully the producers had enough faith in him to make a serious horror movie that would appeal to both the art house crowd and die hard horror fans.

Sauna follows a group of Swedish and Russian soldiers who are assigning new borders after a decades long war between the two countries has ended. In this group are two brothers; Erik, the lifelong soldier who keeps a running tally of the innocent people he's killed, and Knut, the younger more pacifist brother who is part of the group because he is an expert mapmaker. After an unexpected encounter with a farmer and his daughter, the two are haunted by unshakable guilt as they continue with the expedition. The soldiers find a small isolated village in the very center of a large swamp, an eerie place where no children have been born in years and the old do not die. It seems almost as if God has forgotten them.

With the discovery of the village and its solitary sauna, Annila builds on the horror aspects of the film and presents some genuinely scary images. The review on the TIFF website says the film recalls both Tarkovsky and Eli Roth, and I agree; Sauna is at once contemplative and terrifying. It raises questions about morality and guilt, and at the same time has scenes that are as scary as a Japanese ghost horror. The acting from Ville Virtanen and Tommi Eronen, who played the brothers, was superb. The cinematography was was also really beautiful. Overall, I feel like this is one of the best horrors of the last few years and it is highly recommended. 8/10

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