Karaoke Phenomena is a story about the shy people of a dark Northern country, who overcome their fears and get on the stage to reveal their soul by singing karaoke.
Karaoke Phenomena is an episode film about Finns, who are revealing their soul by singing karaoke about yearning, love and death. The touching stories of 5-6 Finns are being told through the song of their hearts.
A lonesome taxi driver sings karaoke in his karaoke taxi parked at the quiet main square of Helsinki, while snow is falling from the sky. Middle aged woman enters the stage of a karaoke bar that looks like it got stuck in the 90’s with its disco lights. She thinks about West German boy who sent her letters written on a blue toilet paper a long time ago. These are stories and moments behind Karaoke Phenomena of Finland.
The film explores connections and meaning between the main characters and their favorite songs: Finnish songs are hidden gems, filled with melancholy and sadness, but also humor and celebration. While singing, the main characters relive the most important moment of their life, which can be about happiness or sorrow, or about joy or loss. The episodes of the film are being bind together by humorous karaoke situations, the Finnish nature and the wondrous karaoke joints, telling a story about the mental landscape of Finns.
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Einari Paakkanen graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the Turku University of Applied Sciences(Arts Academy), and did his Master’s degree in Documentary Directing in Barcelona. Paakkanen has directed both fiction and documentary films. Besides being a film director, Einari is one of the best location managers in Finland and a poet. His previous film was feature length documentary called My father from Sirius.
Marianne Mäkelä is a producer specializing in creative documentaries. She has gained experience of international Co-Productions and of the national financing, distribution and the European Union’s slate funding. Her latest productions include Nokia Mobile – We Connecting People (Broadcasters: BBC, YLE, NRK and Festivals: Nordisk Panorama, IDFA) and a co-production with South Korea called Old Marine Boy.
Liisa Karpo is an award winning producer based in Helsinki. She founded production company Napafilms Ltd in 2009 and has produced mainly international co-productions for global audiences. Her latest produced films are Boys Who Like Girls(2018, Inka Achte) premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, Grey Violet – Odd One Out(2017, by Reetta Aalto) premiered at Hot Docs2017, Cheer Up(2016, Christy Garland) premiered at Hotdocs 2016. She is very interested in new formats and ways of story telling and audience reach.
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