Magazine article Screen International

'Olli Maki' Director Plots Remake of Finland's First Movie 'The Moonshiners'

Magazine article Screen International

'Olli Maki' Director Plots Remake of Finland's First Movie 'The Moonshiners'

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Finnish writer-director Juho Kuosmanen, who earned strong notices for Cannes title The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki, is plotting a remake of the earliest film in Finnish cinema history, The Moonshiners (1907).

Salaviinanpolttajat, to give the film its Finnish title, is a silent comedy directed by Louis Sparre and Teuvo Puro. It is about two men making illicit hooch in the woods.

"The Moonshiners introduces a theme and formula that have become standard in mainstream Finnish filmmaking: the joy and catharsis of heavy drinking and its consequences," the Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema notes of the film.

The Moonshiners has long since gone missing as has its original script. However, Kuosmanen is reconstructing the film using advertisements and press articles from the period as a guide.

"That was the first film ever made in Finland." Kuosmanen says of The Moonshiners, which he describes as an old fashioned Mack Sennett-style slapstick comedy.

"It is very, very stupid. …

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