The Border (Raja 1918), is a historical drama about Captain von Munck who is sent immediately after the Finnish Civil War to set up the eastern border between newly independent white Finland and Bolshevik Russia. Only a bridge separates and unites the two countries. The task is daunting as people in large numbers wish to enter Finland without identity papers, Russian nobility escaping the Bolsheviks, Russian Karelians whose Finnishness is in question, Russian Jews.
Captain von Munck, who is required to make many decisions on his own, falls in love with a local woman and conflicts of conscience ensue. The shadows and reality of war fall over them.
The film is remarkably true to history and has been deemed Lauri Törhönen's best film.
The Border garnered five Jussi (Finnish equivalent of Oscar) nominations.
It also won the main prize at the 5th Filmfestival in Serpuhov (Moscow district), Russia, November 2008
Directed by Lauri Törhönen and based on an idea by Jörn Donner, featuring actors Martin Bahne, Minna Haapkylä, Tommi Korpela.
When: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Time: 2 PM Length of film: 115 minutes
Where: The Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas Street Brunaby www.scandinaviancentre.org
Cost: Admission by donation. Refreshments available.
Website: www.raja1918.fi (in Finnish only)