August Fools

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    August Fools

    Mieletön Elokuu

    Directed by

    Finland

    2013

    103 min

    • Czech
    • Finnish

    Romantic comedy

    August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political backdrop of the Cold War. Elsa, a middle-aged milliner and a part-time clairvoyant is apparently in total control of her life –until the man she once loved and lost walks in through the door of her hat shop in Helsinki in 1962. Jan is a Czech jazz musician and in town to perform at the “International Festival of Peace and Friendship of the Youth of the World.” For more than two decades Elsa believed the man is dead.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kati Outinen
    Miroslac Etzler
    Elena Leeve
    Krystof Hadek
    Screenplay
    Raija Talvio
    Cinematography
    Jouko Seppälä
    Editing
    Inge-Lise Langfeldt
    Music
    Stein Berge Svendsen
    Production
    KINOSTO LTD
    Taru Mäkelä

    Taru Mäkelä

    Finland

    Taru Mäkelä (b. 1st Apr 1959 in Tampere) is both a fiction and documentary filmmaker. She is also a producer and together with director Jouko Seppälä she owns Kinosto Oy, a film production company. She started her career in the 1980s by directing comedy and sketch shows for television (e.g., Hymyhuulet series). At the moment Finnish cinemas are showing her (un)romantic comedy WAREHOUSE, produced by Kinosto. Last year’s winner of the Tampere Film Festival audience award was a Kinosto production THE UNKNOWN WOMAN, a documentary written and directed by Elina Kivihalme. Mäkelä also directs plays and radio theater. She is a Bachelor of Human Sciences and a Master of Arts.

    Selected Filmography