Contact: Zone2 Pictures Oy / Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tampere Film Festival, Thursday, 5 March 2015
Tampere Film Festival: "It is snowing on a huge steamy field. The spotlight sees orange dots moving around. Radiophone conversations: “What’s the temperature like? The new block seems to function alright, the bacteria are working, good vibes, over 40 degrees Celsius…”"
"The Man from Talvivaara is a documentary about the meaningfulness of working for a mining company going from crisis to crisis. The film will follow four professionals from Kainuu working in a gloomy sci-fi setting, whose proportions make a human being but a small cog in a big machine."
"The state-of-the-art process of “bioheapleaching” was said to bring nickel and zinc into the world market and to give proper processing industry work for the hundreds of employees facing unemployment. What is the worth of a professional now in this mining company balancing on the brink of bankruptcy? How should he justify the meaning of his work to himself and to those close to him, if his job is constantly in the midst of a profitability and environmental crisis? How can you be the man from Talvivaara, when you cannot even send your son to day care wearing a Talvivaara cap, and when your family is concerned about your health?"
"Workers between the ages of 30 and 40 are stuck between a rock and a hard place: their houses are now built, and new babies are on the way. They would like to live in Kainuu, close to the wildlife, being able to hunt and fish – if only they could bring in their daily bread from Talvivaara."
"The film begins in the foggy production fields of Talvivaara. It is November 2013, and the financial crisis is starting to dawn on everyone in all its gruesomeness. It is now up to those who work at Talvivaara to find out if the conditions set by the investors can be met: productivity has to be improved, the machinery has to work properly, no accidents are allowed, and the water masses gathered in the area have to be drained. The fate of the company will be decided within the next couple months. Will the company be forced to declare bankruptcy or debt restructuring, or will it fall into the arms of a new owner? What will the men from Talvivaara do? Might there be other kind of work available for them?"
AA: A solid, well-researched, sober piece of investigative film documentary journalism about the debacle of the Talvivaara Mining Company in Sotkamo in the Kainuu region famous for its splendid forests, lakes and rivers. It is also the home of the largest nickel deposit in Europe.
The ambitious and experimental strategies of the mining company failed spectacularly, and the company was in scandal headlines for years.
Markku Heikkinen and Heikki-Pekka Vitikainen dramatize the conflict directly via the protagonists and the participants of the tragedy. Clean nature and clear water are among the treasures of Finland, now in danger in Sotkamo.
The visual look is of excellent documentary quality. There is a dynamic contrast between heavy industry and sublime nature. The interviews and the footage of talking heads are lively and engaging. This is very much a human drama thanks to the documented urgency in the faces and the voices of the deeply concerned protagonists.
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