Laugh or Die

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    Laugh or Die

    Suomen hauskin mies

    Directed by

    Finland

    2018

    100 min

    • Finnish

    Drama

    1918, Finland after the Civil War. The famous actor of the Workers’ Theatre, Parikka, is caught and sent to a prison camp where his remaining comrades languish on the verge of death. All the red rebels at the camp are going to be executed. Parikka’ s situation among his comrades is not comforting, either: the others consider him a traitor. Nyborg, a young warrant officer who admires Parikka as an actor, leads the execution squad, but he is unable to give the order to fire. Parikka defies death by cracking jokes in front of the squad, getting a laugh out of the guards. Captain Kalm, the camp commandant, unexpectedly decides to stop the execution. He makes a suggestion to Parikka: if the actor and his comrades will put on an entertaining play for his German guests, they will not be shot.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Martti Suosalo
    Jani Volanen
    Paavo Kinnunen
    Leena Pöysti
    Vesa Vierikko
    Jussi Nikkilä
    Tommi Eronen
    Jussi Lehtonen
    Panu Vauhkonen
    Karri Miettinen
    Rüdiger Klink
    Screenplay
    Heikki Kujanpää
    Mikko Reitala
    Cinematography
    Heikki Färm F.C.S.
    Editing
    Jussi Rautaniemi
    Music
    Timo Hietala
    Sales
    MEDIA LUNA NEW FILMS
    Production
    INLAND FILM COMPANY OY
    Heikki Kujanpää

    Heikki Kujanpää

    Finland

    Heikki Kujanpää has worked as a director, a writer and an actor in cinema, theatre, opera and television. He has written filmscripts and plays for radio and stage. He has directed short, documentary and feature films. He´s been awarded international prizes for his films A Small Pilgrimage and The Icebreaker. Kujanpää is one of the founders of Q-theatre in Helsinki. He has also worked as a director general in Kuopio City Theatre.