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THE story


A middle-aged man on the verge of a burnout seeks new energy through a very special form of self help therapy.

Jussi, 48, is totally worn-out. A failed marriage, lost connection with his son and a professional downswing have driven him into a mental slump. Jussi’s young and athletic supervisor Aleksi has taken note of this and offers to help.

Aleksi takes Jussi to a remote bog. At the bog, Aleksi instructs Jussi on a series of exercises, meant to conjure up their ‘primitive side’. They throw large rocks, roar, wrestle face down in the mud. The behavior of the men becomes increasingly animalistic and Jussi, to his surprise, feels very empowered. As the day progresses, the impromptu self help retreat turns violent and life-threatening.


Aleksi becomes frightened of Jussi, who might be too far gone.


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Jussi: Eppu Salminen

Aleksi: Emil Kihlström

Lintubongaaja: Hannes Suominen

Jussin poika: Leo Moreau


Screenwriter & director: Santtu Salminen

Producer: Elisabeth Keinänen

Cinematographer: Elis Lindfors

Editor: Riina Saltiola 

Sound design: Jaanis Hållman

Composer: Emil Sana 

Production design: Jaakko Juutela

Costume design: Mira Korhonen

MUAH: Nani Auvinen

Production manager: Emma Heikkilä

Production coordinator: Jussi Mäkelä

1. AD: Olli Kasper

Set runner: Saara Tuomisto 

Script supervisor: Rosa Salomaa


Grade: Post Control

VFX: Totte Lehtinen 

3D: Teemu Hartikainen


Gaffer: Ossi Kallio

Best person: Joni Lintula

Lighting technician: Tiia Salminen, Sakari Sankkinen, Johannes Heinonen 

Grip: Roni Rautavuori, Santtu Koivisto 


1. AC: Nuutti Sihvonen 

2. AC: Aurora Sallinen, Marko Pyykkönen

Video assistant: Tia Alm

Drone operator: Eero Liimatainen 


Sound recordist: Jaanis Hållman 

Boom operator: Laura Viljanen


Administrative manager: Jani Kallio

Location manager: Pyry Aitamurto, Arto Kultalahti

Catering: Mikko Ahola

Set catering: Elise Byman 

Production assistant: Juho Marttinen 

Runner: Matias Kylliäinen 

Production designers assistant: Aleksi Luukka

Stunt driver: Henri Perttula 

Stunt coordinator: Seppo Kumpulainen 

First AID: Viivi Joutsen 

Graphic designer: Aura Latva-Somppi 

Making of: Elias Ryynänen, Veikko Timonen 

English translator: Roope Salminen 

Russian translator: Vladislav Sarelainen 

Awards & Nominations

Sydney Short Film Festival 2022 - Best Comedy, Winner

Neito Festivaali - Best Film, Winner

Tampere Film Festival - Generation XYZ, Audience Award, Winner

Manchester Film Festival - Best Student film, Winner

Budapest Independent Film Festival - Best Comedy, Winner

London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival - Honourable Mention

Santorini Film Festival - Best Comedy Short, Winner

European Cinematography Awards - Best Student Film, Winner

European Cinematography Awards - Best Student Film Cinematography, Winner

Transilvania Shorts 2022 - Best Actor, Eppu Salminen, Winner

Cottbus Film Festival - Special Award, Winner

Helsinki International Film Festival Love and Anarchy - Cut to the Chase, Nominee

LA Comedy Film Festival - Best Comedy, Nominee

Prague International Indie Film Festival - Best Original Score, Semifinalist

Arctic Film Festival - Best Student Production, Nominee

Athens Short Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Blue Sea Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Canadian International Comedy Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Bolton Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Encounters Film Festival - Official Selection, Nominee

Indiecork Film Fetsival - Official Selection

Tacoma Film Festival - Official Selection

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