Alcan Highway (Finland)
directed by Aleksi Salmenpera
Saturday, November 23, 9pm,
395 Wellington, National Archives
28th European Union Film Festival
Hese is a man on a mission. A “restore and frankenstein a skeleton of a truck into a mobile home and drive it from its Alaskan junkyard down to Vancouver Island” kind of crazy mission. Why anyone would want to tackle such an ominous task halfway around the world from home (Finland) is never questioned. Hese is a man, and a man does whatever a man does, cuz, you know, he’s a man. And as a man on a mission, he drives everyone around him absolutely crazy. Heck there’s even talk of murder from within his crew. But human conflict is negligible; it is man versus machine that fuels the plot, climaxing with a raging engine fire that threatens Hese’s dream vehicle. The journey, the work, the dream, the man, is all about to go up in billowing smoke. There’s only one way to find out what happens to our man Hese. You have to Finnish the movie. Oh, and did I mention that this is a documentary? Yup, yup it is.
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