Compartment No. 6 (2021)

Director: Juho Kuosmanen Run Time: 106 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Dinara Drukarova, Lidiya Kostina, Seidi Haarla, Yuliya Aug, Yuriy Borisov

Country: Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany
Language: Russian, Finnish

About the film:

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and an Official Selection of TIFF and AFI Fest. A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a larger than life Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face major truths about human connection.

“a take on the love story as fresh, resonant and honest — so yes, unlikely — as you’ll find in a contemporary film”

Robert Abele for LA Times

Compartment No. 6 was selected as Finland’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards and made the Shortlist.

About the filmmaker:

Juho Kuosmanen is a Finnish filmmaker and a regular prize-winner at Cannes. Crafted while he was in school, his short film The Painting Sellers was nominated for 5 Finnish Academy Awards, and his debut feature, the boxing biopic The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, won top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. 

A loose adaptation of Rosa Liksom’s popular Finnish novel, Kuosmanen’s highly acclaimed second feature Compartment No. 6 received nominations for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, the César Awards, and the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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