The Woodcutter Story
Mikko is currently finishing writing his first feature, The Woodcutter Story, which he developed at the TorinoFilmLab. An open-air mine appears in an idyllic village in the north of Finland. From then on, a series of terrible events affect the life of Pepe, a thoroughly nice and cheerful woodcutter. Despite adversity, nothing seems to dampen his spirits. It is as if he held a precious secret about the beauty of life. In this tormented village, the inhabitants seem to have lost hope in the future. Jakko, a psychic who can speak to the beyond, suddenly appears to deliver a mysterious message. A fierce struggle between hope and desolation will prove a tough challenge for Pepe’s optimism and willpower… With this metaphorical fable and its dark humour, Mikko questions the power of hope as a defence against obscurantism. An appeal to return to humanism, simplicity and nature.
- AAMU FILM COMPANY
Born in the north of Finland, Mikko is a poet and a filmmaker. After graduating in 2012 from the ELO Helsinki Film School, he directed several short films screened in festivals such as Locarno, Tampere and Helsinki. He wrote Juho Kuosmanen’s first feature, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, selected in 2016 for Un Certain Regard. He came back to Cannes as a director with his short film THE TIGER, which was competing at La Semaine de la Critique in 2018. His stylistic tone is surprising, blending what is odd and unusual with definite dramatic gravitas. Mikko Myllylathi presented his debut feature project at Next Step 2018, THE WOODCUTTER STORY, produced by Aamu Film Company. The WOODCUTTER STORY was previously developed at Torino Film Lab 2018 where it received the Production Award.