KARAOKE PARADISEDocumentary, Finland 2022
CategoryComing Of Age, Music, Society
Documentary, Finland 2022
Runtime: 76 min. / 52 min.
Director: Einari Paakkanen
Production: Napa Films
Evi, Finland’s most experienced karaoke hostess, wants to hug her customers’ pain away. She yet again packs her equipment and starts a car engine to travel through the northern landscapes of Finland. Her journey interconnects with the stories of KARAOKE PARADISE. Toni, the shyest guy in the world, catches everyone’s eyes when on stage. Kari is searching for love and sings in his empty karaoke car repair shop. Elina can hardly walk because of Parkinson’s, but punk songs make her dance. Laura sings because talking is too painful. Finns have found a unique way out of loneliness: they sing.
Festivals: CPH:DOX 2022, Visions Du Réel, Docs Barcelona, Sheffield DocFest, Music FF Netherlands, Everyman Music FF, Sundsvall FF, Reykjavik FF, DocsMX, Biennale B§, Midsummer in Hollywood, Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, Free Zone Serbia, Yellowknife FF, Cork FF, PÖFF – Tallinn Black Nights, Camerimage, Finish FF Canada, Finnish Filmweek Japan, Tromsø FF, FIPADOC, Finnish FF Budapest, Polarise Nordic Film Nights, SeeYouSound, Durango Independent FF, ArdocFest Riga, Tempo Stockholm, Be Polar Warsaw, Zargreb Dox, North x North, Euro Film Fest CZ, Docs Jalisco, Docs Valencia
Awards: Best Music Award – Euro Film Fest CZ, Audience Award – Jalisco Docs