- Director Sakari Lerkkanen
- Grade Company3/London
- Assistant Director Sam Ainsworth
- Producer Stefan Steinmair
- Producer Lucie Lerkkanen
- DP Daniel Lindholm
- Editor Arttu Salmi
- Sound Designer Enos Desjardins
In the rather niche world of music videos about internecine combat, this intriguing, well-crafted film by the Finnish-born, London-based director stands out.
Opening in darkness with multilingual text announcing its themes of brotherhood, compassion, fear, hate and warfare, Ihminen's portentous mood suddenly shifts to sunny pastoral scenes of sheep a-frolick in fields and leaves a-rustling on the trees. Men appear on the horizon with guns but they seem to be on purely bucolic business.
The men continue to moodily smoke, think, peel apples and remember things, and just as non-Finnish speakers among us might be heading towards WTF? a story gradually emerges of fathers and sons, brother in arms and futile revenge killings over generations.
Nobody could accuse the film of being short, but its exploration of the things men do (ihminen means ‘human’ in Finnish) is certainly engaging and boasts fine cinematography from Daniel Lindholm.
MX is a collective of award-winning classical/jazz/ neo-soul and punk musicians from Finland.