Unien Savonlinna



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Unien Savonlinna DVD features a 50 minute documentary by Lauri Ainala with 58 minutes worth of music videos, live footage and a photogallery. It also contains a 20 page booklet with the story of Tuote and loads of photos. All packaged in deluxe Fonal style!

Not so long ago in Savonlinna, there was another, hidden, Savonlinna – the Savonlinna of dreams (Unien Savonlinna). It existed in deserted houses, in caves, in abandoned factories and barges – anywhere the boys of Tuote were living. Self-made, serenely timeless, these romantic dens of filth, gilded by summer, also hid inside the most original musical visions and bands in Finland. The opera town did not notice them, but they rose onto the field of glory, around Finland and around the world. Paavoharju has been widely recognized worldwide, and they last took the stage at the 2009 Roskilde Festival. Joose Keskitalo has become one of the most important Finnish songwriters of the new millennium. And with their very debut album “Suomimorsiamen Pyhä Tie”, Harmaa Getto became the most controversial name of 2009 in Finnish rap circles. The shacks where this spirit was nesting in Savonlinna are now torn to pieces, but luckily, not all pieces were lost. Lauri Ainala from Paavoharju has collected these pieces from all the years and has slowly built them into a unique DVD.

The main dish on the DVD is a 50 minute film directed and produced by Lauri Ainala. The film could be described as an ambient film, since instead of detailed documenting, it aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Savonlinna of dreams. The stylistically unprecedented symbiosis of image and sound is assembled from material spontaneously shot throughout the years with digital pocket cameras and miniDV cameras.

In addition to the film, the DVD contains music videos (by guest directors Ville Kettunen, Sami Sänpäkkilä, Jenni Rope, and Topias Salonen), special live recordings, documentary clips, and a picture gallery. The DVD package also contains a booklet with a story by various writers, about a certain summer in a deserted dairy. The story is illustrated by authentic pictures from the scene.

Format: DVD Region Free + 20-page booklet
System: PAL and NTSC
Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English
Total lenght: 50 + 58 minutes
Catalogue Number: FR-73
Record label: Fonal / Helmi levyt
Release: 11/2010