Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

They Have Escaped
(He ovat Paenneet)

Year: 2014
Country: FINLAND
Run Time: 100 minutes

They Have Escaped
They Have Escaped
They Have Escaped
They Have Escaped

Joni has a bit of a stutter. It’s one of the reasons he’s generally tight-lipped, letting the outside world deduce his thoughts from the pleadings of his eyes. But there’s also a more elusive reason. After going AWOL from the Finnish army, Joni is given one last chance to escape prison: he’s to become an informant in a low-level juvenile detention camp. There he meets another exile by the name of Raisa, a rebellious sparkplug of a girl who can’t seem to follow the rules. Together they take a chance and go on the lam, tearing through the Finnish countryside and escaping reality in the process. But somewhere during the course of their deranged journey things take a darker, hallucinatory turn for the worse. THEY HAVE ESCAPED begins as a conventional prison break tale, only to end as a twisted Brothers Grimm-like parable that will challenge your senses nearly as much as your mind. (In Finnish with subtitles) – C.P.

Note: Some scenes contain graphic animal imagery.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM

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J-P Valkeapää

J-P Valkeapää, born in 1977 in Porvoo, Finland, graduated from the University of Art & Design in Helsinki and attended the Cannes Cinéfondation residency. He's made numerous commercials and short films.

"The Visitor" (2008), THEY HAVE ESCAPED (2014)

Aleksi Bardy

-P Valkeapää, Pilvi Peltola

Pietari Peltola

Mervi Junkkonen

Principal Cast
Teppo Manner, Roosa Söderholm, Pelle Heikkilä, Petteri Pennilä

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