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August (2011)

Elokuu (original title)
Summer begins, Aku graduates high school and faces a great emptiness. As his girlfriend, parents and friends all leave the city, it looks to be the dullest summer ever. Everything changes ... See full summary »


Oskari Sipola


Harri Paananen (original idea), Oskari Sipola (idea) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Eppu Pastinen Eppu Pastinen ... Aku
Lina Turkama Lina Turkama ... Juli
Zagros Manuchar Zagros Manuchar ... Freda
Niina Koponen Niina Koponen ... Erika
Pihla Viitala ... Johanna
Ilkka Heiskanen Ilkka Heiskanen ... Isä
Henrika Andersson Henrika Andersson ... Äiti
Juha Lagström Juha Lagström ... Hannu
Markku Maalismaa Markku Maalismaa ... Risto
Heikki Ranta Heikki Ranta ... Timppa
Timo Torikka ... Eero
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ... Sari
Jaana Joensuu Jaana Joensuu ... Sointu
Mika Kurvinen Mika Kurvinen ... Kalle
Misa Lommi Misa Lommi ... Nainen baarissa


Summer begins, Aku graduates high school and faces a great emptiness. As his girlfriend, parents and friends all leave the city, it looks to be the dullest summer ever. Everything changes at Midsummer when Aku meets Juli, a beautiful, strange and wild girl. Juli asks Aku for a ride to eastern Finland. Aku agrees - without any idea what he's getting himself into. Written by Anonymous

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A midsummer dream
10 September 2011 | by Tenate9See all my reviews

Elokuu, meaning 'August'... Is an engaging, gentle coming of age film. A lot of thought must have gone into the atmospheric cinematography ( From Mr.Joonas Pulkkanen ) of a blissful, near magical Scandinavian summer. As the fairly naive, contemplative middle class protagonist school leaver, 'Aku' explores his existential, more rebellious romantic self. The film begins with his long term girlfriend and family leaving him to his own devices - and after a friend tells him... 'that life is fleeting' And from the stresses of final exams - the City teenager starts to question his own choices and future career path and seemingly affluent parental lifestyle, that he will eventually mirror. On a road journey through the remote Finnish countryside with a mysterious, free spirited chance encounter. The film probably ends realistically, but fails to excite or escape it's bourgeois underpinnings or stereotypes - on either side of the camera. The films story arch becomes problematic and for me at least... far too melodramatic and drawn out in the final third. But still, Elokuu is an interesting and entertaining little film, from writer/director Mr.Oskari Sipola. Well worth a viewing.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]




Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

August See more »

Filming Locations:

Kamppi, Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR830,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bronson Club See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (TV version)| Dolby Digital (theatrical print)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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