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by Timo Koivusalo


Akseli Koskela is the son of a parsonage crofter who, when he has grown up, finds it impossible to submit to the role of a faithful and humble servant required of him by the conservative upper class. Unlike previous generations who had no other alternative, Akseli begins dreaming of freedom and the right to his own lands, fuelled by the new and stirring ideologies of the time. He joins the local Workers´ Association, which is headed by the village tailor Halme. Halme´s moderate and pacifist views don´t satisfy Akseli for long, and he joins the Red Guard, whose purpose is to claim by force that which is not given to the working class by peace: the right to the fruits of their own labour.

international title: Under the North Star
original title: Täällä Pohjantähden alla
country: Finland
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Timo Koivusalo
release date: FI 01/12/2009
screenplay: Timo Koivusalo
cast: Ilkka Koivula, Vera Kiiskinen, Risto Tuorila, Ritva Jalonen, Heikki Nousiainen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Jonna Järnefelt, Sulevi Peltola, Miia Selin, Esko Roine
cinematography by: Pertti Mutanen
film editing: Jyrki Luukko, Timo Koivusalo
art director: Markku Myllymäki
costumes designer: Leila Jäntti
producer: Timo Koivusalo
production: Artista Filmi Oy
distributor: Buena Vista International Finland
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