They Have Escaped [2015 Scandinavian Film Festival]

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Jul 072015


Finnish filmmaker Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s (The Visitor) second feature They Have Escaped is an uncompromising thriller about two outcast youngsters on the run from entrapping institutions. With a hypnotic soundscape, and the blend of vivid dream sequences, drug-induced hallucinations and a harsh, unforgiving reality, Valkeapää has created an unnerving cross-country road movie of interesting sensory experimentation and a story of troubled youths refusing to be caged up. His film screened at the 2014 Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and understandably won the Finnish Oscars for Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Editing and Sound. It is screening at the upcoming Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas.

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