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Swedish titleUtbrytarkonungen
Prod Year2002
DirectorArto Koskinen
WriterArto Koskinen
Director of photographyHans Welin
ProducerClaes Olsson
CastMikka Enbuske, Heikki Hela, Maija Junno, Sulevi Peltola, Arttu Kapulainen, Emil Lundberg
PlotIn the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist. While standing handcuffed on the railway bridge, contemplating a stunt jump into the icy river, he reminisces the dramatic events of the summer before. For the viewer, his problems are presented with warm humour ,gang fights, feeling guilty for lying, Father losing his job, Mother losing her nerves, not to mention Grandfather having lost his willingness to speak since a traumatic war experience 30 years earlier.

AwardsJussi Awards 2003
Best Sound Design, Olli Pärnänen
Best Supporting Actor, Heikki Hela

Durango Film Festival 2004
Best Debut Film, Arto Koskinen
Prod companyKinoproduction
Co-ProducerGöran Lindström, Per-Erik Svensson
Co-production companyEurimages, Filmpool Nord, Finnish Film Foundation, MovieMakers, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, SVT Drama (as SVT Fiktion), Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI), Yleisradio (YLE)
DistributorSonet Film
MunicipalitiesHaparanda, Luleå