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Run Time: 82 minutes
Growing up is already confusing. It doesn’t help when your parents are swingers who host parties where their naked friends parade around the house. STAR BOYS takes place in a small, conservative town in Finland where a sexual revolution has just begun. The story is told through the perspective of two 12-year-old boys whose parents are unashamedly open about their newfound sexual liberation. They seem oblivious to the effect it’s having on their sons. The kinky behavior commonly happens out in the open, leaving to some very awkward and traumatizing moments for the kids. As time goes by, the open relationship concept starts to sour for some of the adults, causing friction in their marriages. All the fighting and drama has pushed the boys over the line. A backlash is coming. At times, STAR BOYS is dark and unsettling. The young actors do an excellent job conveying the heavy gnarled emotions of their fragile characters. You genuinely feel that weight. But at the same time, there’s also hope and redemption in the resilience they display despite the disturbing circumstances. (In Finnish with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 8:45 PM
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 3:45 PM
International Narrative Competition
Visa Koiso-Kanttila was born in 1970 in Oulu, Finland. He graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki and studied documentary film at The New School University. In 1999 he founded his production company Guerilla Films Ltd. He is a member of Elephant Films Ltd, the Finnish director’s group.
The Banished (1998), Insha Allah-Jos Jumala suo (1999), End of the Line (2001), Father to Son (2004), Talvinen matka (2007), Portrait of a Man (2010), STAR BOYS (2017)
Mika Ritalahti, Niko Ritalahti
Jarkko T. Laine F. S. C.
Vili Saarela, Olavi Angervo, Antti Luusuaniemi, Pihla Viitala, Malla Malmivaara, Tomi Enbuska, Risto Tuorila, Eeva-Maija Haukinen, Janne Raudaskoski
The Finnish Film Foundation