loud hard magical – the sound of FinlandA film by Ulrike Neubecker and Wilma Pradetto, 52 min, arte 2017
This film embarks on a road trip into the fascinating music scene of Finland – a journey that spans melancholy, metal, humour and more. Bassist and great-grandson of Jean Sibelius, Lauri Porra, joins forces with the cello quartet Apocalyptica to interpret the unofficial Finnish national anthem Finlandia in their own unique style and thereby immerse themselves in the mentality and culture of this young nation. The Finns cultivate and cherish a wild mix of musical styles in which zany and anarchic humour can transform effortlessly into deeply felt melancholy. The musical spectrum ranges from Finnish tango to deafening heavy metal and screaming male choirs, all the way to a long and distinguished line of Finnish conductors.