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Finnish Tango (Finnischer Tango)

Finnish Tango
Scene from "Finnish Tango" (photo © Geisberg Studios)

Finnish Tango is a comedy that tells the story of a man, who – on his quest of finding the easy way out – discovers his own humanity.

Alex is a passionate but unsuccessful musician. Nothing more, nothing less. He is neither the nice guy, nor a good friend, not even a reliable partner, and definitely no one who takes responsibility in life. After a tragic accident, Alex suddenly finds himself without a band and without a plan, but with a mountain of debt and raging metal players breathing down his neck.

While searching for a job, he comes across a theater group of handicapped people, who are searching for another actor for an upcoming play. Alex invents a handicap, steals a handicapped ID, gets the part and moves in with the group, who open their arms, hearts and minds to him. He wins them over, most of them at least, with his music – heartbreaking tango melodies. But Rudolph, a highly intelligent, suicidal and fatally ill misanthropist, doesn’t really trust him and puts Alex to the test.


Buket Alakus was born in 1971 in Istanbul and grew up in Hamburg. After finishing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1995, she studied Film Directing at Hamburg University\'s Institute of Theater, Music and Film from 1996-1998. Her films include: the shorts Martin (1995), Schluessel (1996), Tango (1997), Kismet (1998), her award-winning feature debut Anam (2000), Offside (Eine andere Liga, 2004), Freundinnen fuers Leben (TV, 2005), the children\'s series Kinder.de (2006), and Finnish Tango (Finnischer Tango, 2008).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Buket Alakus
Screenplay Marcus Hertneck, Jan Berger
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Andreas Radtke
Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
Ralf Mootz, Sabine Rudolph
Cast Christoph Bach, Mira Bartuschek, Nele Winkler, Fabian Busch, Michael Schumacher, Daniel Zillmann, Christian Naethe
Producer Eike Besuden
Production Company Geisberg Studios/Bremen, in co-production with Pinguin Studios/Bremen, NDR/Hamburg, Radio Bremen
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Emden 2008 (In Competition/Opening Film), Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigsburg 2008 (In Competition)
Awards Audience Award Ludwigsburg 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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