by Martti Kaartinen, Niklas Kullström
At the beginning of the 20th century, when there were still empty spots on the world map, the Finnish philologist G.J. Ramstedt travelled through Central Asia to Japan. Like a true adventurer, he kept a diary in the grand style that we hear on the soundtrack, while the contrast to today's landscapes and, especially, cities is highlighted in the film's imagery shot during the two Finnish filmmakers' journey in his footsteps. 'Eastern Memories' is both an essay portraying a scientist and a magnificent travel film, which spans over ten thousand kilometres and has a hundred years of historical experiences in its luggage. The duo Niklas Kullström and Martti Kaartinen have created a breathtaking film with an edge of bone-dry Finnish humour – told, as it is, by a dead Finn from the cold North on the fringes of the Mongolian steppes. The landscapes become the canvas on which fantasy and expectation can paint their dreams of greatness and adventure.