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Portrait of a Man

DIR: Visa Koiso-Kanttila
2010 / Finland / 81 min

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PORTRAIT OF A MAN is a rough but beautiful documentary film about the crisis of a man in his forties and his desire for a better life; its a story of parenthood, alcohol, Finnish man and his desire for love. PORTRAIT OF A MAN is also an unusually intimate depiction of the relationship between the father and his son.

The main character in PORTRAIT OF A MAN is Kalle Rissanen, who is living materially secure life as an IT-trainer and single parent. Kalle’s life has recently fallen into crisis and as a consequence of this he has decided to change the path of his life. Kalle awakens to the fact that his own father committed suicide at exactly the same age as himself and during similar circumstances that he is experiencing in his own life. He wants to find answers: what led his father to that decision and how can he avoid the same path? On his journey the main character encounters different types of men: relatives and friends from his youth, who are each sharing their own experiences of life. These men talk about their relationships with children, alcohol, and above all with women. They are pondering how they are supposed to be with and live with women, when nothing seems to be enough. Macho men like their fathers are no longer needed, but kind and sensitive men are not enough for Finnish women either…

PORTRAIT OF A MAN is the final film of Visa Koiso-Kanttila’s manhood trilogy. The previous, awarded films of this trilogy were FATHER TO SON and A WINTER’S JOURNEY.

About

Director Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Visa Koiso-Kanttila
Editing Tuula Mehtonen
Music Bill Frisell
Sound Janne Laine
Duration 81 min
Year 2010
Country Finland
Colour Colour
Tags family, observational, portrait, private, relationships
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Festivals

Hot Docs 2007, Toronto ...

Hot Docs 2007, Toronto
DocPoint Helsinki 2010
EBS International Documentary Festival 2010 Seoul
Viscult 2010 Joensuu
DOKLeipzig 2010

Awards
  • Honorary mention, Nordisk Panorama ...
  • Honorary mention, Nordisk Panorama 2010, Bergen
    “A Honorary mention to Portrait of a Man for transforming an apparently common Scandinavian subject matter into a beautifully realized epic family saga.”
  • Silver FIPA –award, FIPA 2011 (International Festival of Audiovisual Programs), Biarritz
  • Honorary Mention, Nordic Glory 2011, Jyväskylä
  • The Quality Prize of the Finnish Art Council 2010


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