A People’s Radio – Ballads from a Wooded Country

Kansanradio – runonlaulajien maa

24th TDF: Greek Premiere

Α short film based on the iconic YLE programme “People’s Radio,” with its visual material assembled in the form of a road movie and collected through driving across summary Finland. A panorama of what Finland looks like today, with its narration progressing from humor to civic anarchy, ultimately also towards the longing for human connection. A carnivalesque portrayal of the Finnish landscape of the soul and abode.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Virpi Suutari
Script: Virpi Suutari
Cinematography: Heikki Färm, Mikko Leinonen
Editing: Teresa Sadik-Ogli
Sound: Tuomas Skopa
Music: Iiro Rantala
Production: Euphoria Film
Producers: Virpi Suutari, Martti Suosalo
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Finland
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 26΄
Contact: Euphoria Film

Virpi Suutari

Virpi Suutari is an awarded filmmaker, known for her personal cinematic style and emotional narratives. Her documentary The Idle Ones (2002) was nominated for the EFA prize and won several awards as the Best Nordic Documentary. Her work has been screened in numerous international film festivals, also in the form of a retrospective, and has been distributed all over the world. Virpi Suutari is a member of the European Film Academy and she has served as a jury member in many festivals.


2001 The Idle Ones
2005 Along the Road Little Child
2010 Auf Wiedersehen Finnland
2013 Hilton!
2014 Garden Lovers
2016 Elegance (short)
2018 Entrepreneur
2020 Aalto
2021 A People’s Radio – Ballads from a Wooded Country (short)