Indie Films

Tango Finlandia

  • directors: Hannu Lajunen ja Tomi Riionheimo
  • animation, 6min, pixilation and 2D
  • screening formats: 35mm Dolby Digital 5.1, Digibeta, BetaSP, DVD
  • world premiere 8.3.2007

Tango Finlandia

In an age where animators try to overdo each other with 3-dimensional handjobs across the line, these guys go the opposite way, presenting us with this little masterpiece of glorious 2-D. Truly original, wonderfully understated, with an exemplary correspondence between video and audio.
IXth WT Os International Film Festival, Norway 2007 (award for the best animated film)

Synopsis

A dance-evening in the local bar somewhere in the Finnish peripheria. Lonely people come there to find some joy. There is not so many customers but the hot and passionate tango rhytms take all of them to the dancefloor. The Finnish tango is hard and sweaty. This film is basicly an action movie.

DVD releases

  • KinoKompo vol. 1 – 10 short films from Finland (Finnish film contact & Tampere Film Festival). BUY.
  • Gay Fun Shorts compilation DVD (Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, Saksa). BUY.

Festivals

Awards

Crew

  • directors: Hannu Lajunen, Tomi Riionheimo
  • main actors: Petteri Sopanen, Timo Pesonen, Kaarina Etto
  • supporting actors: Hannu Lajunen, Lauri Hannu, Tomi Riionheimo, Antti Takkunen
  • script: Hannu Lajunen
  • animation: Tomi Riionheimo and Hannu Lajunen
  • cinematography: Antti Takkunen
  • editing: Ykä Järvinen ja Tomi Riionheimo
  • sound design: Pirkko Tiitinen
  • music: Hannu Lajunen
  • music arrangements: Lauri Hannu
  • musicians: Paavo Korpijaakko (accordion), Lauri Hannu (gtr. b. banjo, mandolin), Hannu Lajunen (drums)
  • music recording and mixing: Janne Riionheimo
  • additional music recording: Saku Anttila
  • foley: Pirkko Tiitinen, Pasi Pehkonen, Tomi Riionheimo and Petri Sihvonen
  • set design: Tomi Riionheimo
  • colouring: Antti Takkunen, Olli Leppänen ja Greg Fisher
  • assistents: Tero Tolvanen ja Inka Kosonen
  • grip: Sami Mäntymaa
  • transportation: Antti Kastari / Kinobilbolaget Oy
  • sound studios: Kekkonen, Meguru Filmsound, Soundwise, Akun Tehtaan Mixroom
  • edit units: Indie Films Tiny Sick Edit, Digital Film Finland
  • film laboratory: Finnlab
  • accounting: Laskentasysteemi Oy / Pirjo Harmainen
  • Thank you: Seppo Louhi, Minna Pekuri, Myllypuron ala-aste, Simonlinnan kulta, Jan Andersson, Taina Värri, Karoliina Joutsiniemi, Raimo Pesonen, Leo Petäjäkorpi and friends, Eläkeläiset-yhtye, Q-teatteri, Stella Polaris
  • production: Tomi Riionheimo
  • in co-operation with: YLE TV1 yhteistuotannot / Sari Volanen ja Suomen elokuvasäätiö / Miia Haavisto
  • year of production: 2006
  • premiere: 8.3.2007

Directors

Lajunen ja Riionheimo

Hannu Lajunen (1963) ia a graphic designer and a part time drummer of various bands. Tomi Riionheimo (1966) is a drop out lecturer of human anatomy and physiology, a self made comic strip artist, designer and producer.

earlier animations by the directors

  • Eläkeläiset: Kiitokset humpasta -music video
  • Hip & Hale (Rieku & Raiku) animation series (12 episodes)
  • Hip and Hale on Pussy Patrol (Rieku ja Raiku pimustavat baarilla)

The band

Elokuvaorkesteri Seinäruusut

This band performs only in the movies. Lauri Hannu (banjo), Antti Takkunen (accordion), Hannu Lajunen (drums) and Tomi Riionheimo (bass).

pics from movie:
(don’t bother clicking)

making of: