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by Jari Halonen


Aleksis Kivi was the first author to write in Finnish, at a time when the country was ruled by Russia and a Swedish speaking upper class. Kivi's writings brought together the Finnish-speaking masses, giving birth to Finnish literature and a Finnish identity.

international title: The Life of Aleksis Kivi
original title: Aleksis Kiven elämä
country: Finland
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Jari Halonen
film run: 100'
release date: FI 18/01/2002, EE 31/01/2005
screenplay: Jari Halonen
cast: Marko Tiusanen, Karoliina Kudjoi, Jari Salmi, Sue Lemström, Veikko Sinisalo
cinematography by: Olli Varja
film editing: Akke Eklund
art director: Jyrki Huttunen
costumes designer: Riikka Röpetti, Pia Viljanen
music: Jukka Siikavire
producer: Heikki Ahonius, Jari Halonen
production: Seppä Callahanin Filmimaailma Oy
backing: Finnish Film Foundation
distributor: SF Studios Finland Oy
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