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Canadian Film Institute
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dir. Kimmo Koskela
Finland, 2012, 86 minutes
Finnish, with English sub-titles

Bright Nights: The 3rd Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, February 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
As a portrait documentary about Finnish artist and musician Kimmo Pohjonen, Soundbreaker is clearly influenced by its inspiring subject. The free-flowing narrative and complex beauty of the film echoes Pohjonen’s rebellious music of wheezing accordions and brash synth sounds. Director Koskela’s documentary is as electric and loud as a concert film, but woven together with the intimacy and careful craft of a good book. Breathtaking landscapes and staged shots are folded in with footage of live performances and sound recordings, and even Koskela’s talking heads and archival photos are mesmerizing, with unconventional framing and strangely absent voiceovers. Ultimately, we are allowed insightful and sometimes humorous access into the process of a truly gifted artist; Pohjonen’s music will leave you in buzzing wonderment. The film was selected for the Dubai, Vancouver, and Warsaw International Film Festivals.