Comedy / Road Movie (2010)

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola

Hip, fresh and wildly funny, Dome Karukoski's Lapland Odyssey is a Finnish cousin to Harold and Kumar and Fubar.

Director Dome Karukoski was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and moved to Finland in his childhood. In addition to Lapland Odyssey he directed the award-winning features Beauty and the Bastard (2005), The Home of Dark Butterflies (2007) and Forbidden Fruit (2009).

Lapland Odyssey premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2010, and was the most watched film in Finland in 2010.

Completion : 2010
Status : Released

Production Info

Genre :Comedy / Road Movie
Tagline :A comedy about a place where the sun never shines
Runtime :92 min
Languages :Finnish
Completion :2010
Release :2010
Status :Released


Director :Dome Karukoski
Producers :Aleksi Bardy
Co-Producers :Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright, Martin Persson
Script Writer :Pekko Pesonen
Music :Lance Hogan



Janne, a man from Lapland in northern Finland, is a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There´s no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey in itself.


Cast: Jussi Vatanen
Jasper Pääkkönen
Timo Lavikainen
Pamela Tola
Shooting Locations:Finland



  • 2010 Toronto Film Festival, USA (World Premiere)
  • 2010 Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Finland
  • 2010 Lubeck Nordic Film Days, Germany
  • 2011 Alpe d'Huez Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez, France
  • 2011 Dublin Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland (Irish Premiere)
  • 2011 Breda International Film Festival, Netherlands
  • 2011 Philadelphia Cinefest, USA
  • 2011 Copenhagen CPH PIX, Denmark
  • 2011 Trento Film Festival, Italy
  • 2011 Tróia Festróia, Portugal
  • 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival, China
  • 2011 Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland
  • 2011 Brussels Film Festival, Belgium
  • 2011 Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine
  • 2011 Palic Film Festival, Serbia
  • 2011 Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival, Canada


  • Winner of 4 Jussi Awards (Finland 2011) Best Film (Aleksi Bardy), Best Director (Dome Karukosi), Best Screenplay (Pekko Pesonen), The Audience Award
  • 2 Jussi Awards Nominations Best Actor (Janne Vatanen), Best Wardrobe (Anna Vilppunen)
  • Irish Film and Television Awards 2011Nominated for Best Original Score (Lance Hogan)
  • Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez (France, 2011)Winner Grand Prix, Winner Prize of the Professional Jury
  • Philadelphia Cinefest (U.S.A., 2011)Winner Jury Award - Best Feature
  • Festróia (Portugal, 2011)Winner Silver Dolphin Award - Best Cinematography, Nominated, Golden Dolphin Award - Best Film



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