Jorma Tommila as Aatami Korpi in SISU | ©Freezing Point Oy, photographer Antti Rastivo
Just when we thought the Rambo days were over, Jalmari Helander brings us SISU. Taking us to the days of WWII to kick some Nazi ass.
During the last desperate days of WWII, a solitary prospector (Jorma Tommila, “Rare Exports”) crosses paths with Nazis on a scorched-earth retreat in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover that they have just tangled with no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu”, this legendary ex-commando will embody what sisu means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. And no matter what the Nazis throw at him, the one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back – even if it means killing every last Nazi in his path.
The filmmaker Jalmari Helander is a filmmaker from Finland. Helander has been writing and directing films for over two decades. Starting with short films like Iceman, Maximillian Tarzan, and Ukkonen among several others. His first feature film was Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions based on his earlier short film, Rare Exports Inc. The next big hit came with Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson when it was released at the Toronto Film Festival. Besides films there has been television Wingman, Perfect Commando and Karkurit.
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There was no hesitation in getting up at 3AM one morning to be connected with Jalmari Helander to talk about SISU. He shared what inspired him and influenced him in making this film. In addition to how he picked his protagonist and decided to take this story to WWII. Helander disclosed why he opted to make this film in English although the storyline takes place in Finland and of course the cure dog plus much more!
SISU hits theaters April 28, 2023.
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