Euthanizer

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    Euthanizer

    Armomurhaaja

    Directed by

    Finland

    2017

    80 min

    • Finnish

    Drama

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    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.

    Awards

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    • 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

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Matti Onnismaa
    Jari Virman
    Hannamaija Nikander
    Pihla Penttinen
    Heikki Nousiainen
    Screenplay
    Teemu Nikki
    Cinematography
    Sari Aaltonen
    Editing
    Teemu Nikki
    Music
    Kaukolampi
    Puranen
    KXP
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    IT’S ALIVE FILMS

    Press

    Resourcefulness and an offbeat perspective mark debuting feature writer-director Teemu Nikki (who also edits here) as a talent to watch.

    Dennis Harvey, Variety

    Teemu Nikki

    Teemu Nikki

    Finland

    Teemu Nikki (born in 1975) is a prolific self-educated, award-winning filmmaker and son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. His latest feature, EUTHANIZER (2018), has been a festival success and was Finland’s official Oscar entry film for The Academy Awards 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.

    Selected Filmography