Euthanizer is a violent summer noir. It tells the story of Veijo Haukka, a 50-year-old mechanic, whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep. But what happens when he decides to save the wrong person’s dog? The themes revolve around animal rights, suffering and death. But the real story is not about good or evil – it’s about the stupidity of absolute men.
- Best Screenplay Award by WOWOW - Tokyo
- Best Screenplay Award by WOWOW - Tokyo IFF
- Finland's Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
- FIPRESCI Award - Norvegian IFF Haugesund
- Matti Onnismaa
- Jari Virman
- Hannamaija Nikander
- Pihla Penttinen
- Heikki Nousiainen
- Teemu Nikki
- Sari Aaltonen
- Teemu Nikki
- WIDE MANAGEMENT
- IT’S ALIVE FILMS
Resourcefulness and an offbeat perspective mark debuting feature writer-director Teemu Nikki (who also edits here) as a talent to watch.
Most of my movies have started from a need to explore something that interests or bothers me. Usually, it turns into a dark comedy with a heart. As a genre film lover, I try to keep the audience on their toes. You'll never know what happens next.
Teemu Nikki (born in 1975) is a prolific self-educated, award-winning filmmaker and son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. His feature, EUTHANIZER (2018), was a festival success and Finland’s official Oscar entry film for The Academy Awards in 2019. Nikki has also directed numerous short films which have gained recognition at film festivals all around the world and popular TV series. Nikki’s style is best described as a good-willed yet unapologetic political satire of humanity. He owns a production company It’s Alive Films together with producer Jani Pösö. His latest film is THE BLIND MAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE TITANIC (2021), selected and awarded at Venice IFF.