The Happiest Man on Earth

(MIEHIÄ JA POIKIA)

Finland has recently become famous as a country of emancipated women. Internationally acclaimed creator Joonas Berghäll corrects this reputation with a portrait of overworked, broken, drunk and frustrated Finnish men.

The ironically titled film offers a remarkably honest confession of the filmmaker himself and several of his countrymen, men who share a common trait: everyone is openly unhappy. In a country whose population is one of the happiest in the world, according to data from the World Happiness Report, and which is now run by a government full of self-confident women, there is also a large group of existentially subjugated men. Some die in the military, others suffer from burnout, loneliness, ancestral alcoholism or loss of paternal role and contact with children. But the call to sympathise with the Finnish men that the film gently makes is utterly guileless, forgoing nostalgia for the past patriarchal times, strong government or "traditional values".

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Joonas Berghäll
Finland
2019 | 85 min.

Language: Finnish, Swedish

Subtitles: English

Director

Joonas Berghäll

Filmography
2019 - The Happiest Man On Earth
2015 - Mother's Wish
2010 - Miesten vuoro

Joonas Berghäll

Screenings

14. 09. 20:30 Atlas - Large Hall
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18. 09. 18:30 Svetozor - Small Hall
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