Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Punk Syndrome


Year: 2012
Country: FINLAND
Run Time: 85 minutes

The Punk Syndrome
The Punk Syndrome
The Punk Syndrome
The Punk Syndrome

Pertii Kurikka's Nimipäivät is a four-piece Finnish band whose members all suffer from mental disabilities. In many ways they embrace the spirit of punk rock more than most groups today could ever dream. The loud, angsty genre provides the perfect vehicle for them to express their frustrations. On a daily basis they experience a variety of obstacles, from condescending handlers, to issues over their own independence, to their confusion and frustration with the “normal” world around them. But, as THE PUNK SYNDROME demonstrates, they're not all that different than any other rock band. They deal with the rigors of love, exhaustion from touring, and interpersonal drama. The film follows the band as they record and play shows, earning fans and a solid dose of media hype. Their unbridled passion for their art and the gushing joy it brings them provide undeniable proof of the healing power of music. THE PUNK SYNDROME is the highly captivating story of your new favorite band. (In Finnish with subtitles) – E.F.

The Punk Syndrome

CIFF37 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Music! Movies!

Recommended for High School +

Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Sami Jahnukainen, Mouka Filmi

Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, Sami Jahnukainen

J-P Passi

Riitta Poikselka

Director Bio
Born in 1972, Jukka Kärkkäinen is an award-winning writer and director from Finland. His film career, which is focused on documentaries, began in 2003. He is the co-founder of the production company Mouka Filmi. J-Passi has worked as a cinematographer since 2000 and with Kärkkäinen since the founding of Mouka Filmi.

Select Filmography
"Tomorrow Was Yesterday" (2008), "The Living Room Of The Nation" (2009), THE PUNK SYNDROME (2012)

Print Source

This film is presented as a gift to EDDIE BOYTE

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