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by Dome Karukoski


Juhani, 14 years old, is haunted and oppressed by a traumatic childhood experience. After being bounced between foster homes and temporary families for six years, Juhani ends up in a Boys’ Home, The Island. The place is run under the laws and regulations of the superintendent, Olavi Harjula, who is ruthless in his administration. Besides the seven boys and Harjula, the only other inhabitants of the Island are the superintendent’s wife Irene and their two daughters, along with Tyyne, who’s in charge of the livestock and the catering. The isolated community is a world of its own.

international title: The Home of the Dark Butterflies
original title: Tummien perhosten koti
country: Finland
sales agent: Nordisk Film International Sales
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Dome Karukoski
film run: 105'
release date: FI 11/01/2008
screenplay: Marko Leino
cast: Tommi Korpela, Niilo Syväoja, Eero Milonoff, Kristiina Halttu, Marjut Maristo, Kati Outinen, Pertti Sveholm, Matleena Kuusniemi
cinematography by: Pini Hellstedt
film editing: Harri Ylönen
art director: Pirjo Rossi
costumes designer: Elina Kolehmainen
music: Panu Aaltio
producer: Markus Selin
production: Solar Films Inc. Oy
distributor: Nordisk Film AB
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