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From Vault to Screen: Finland
People of the Summer Night

June 16 at 1:00
East Building Auditorium

Many of Valentin Vaala’s films are adaptations of popular Finnish novels, including People of the Summer Night, based on Frans Eemil Sillanpää’s 1934 novel (Ihmiset suviyössä). An early realist in Finnish cinema, Vaala (along with cinematographer Eino Heino) portrays the Finnish landscape in brilliant yet understated black-and-white images. The narrative, told from varying viewpoints, focuses on the fates of several people during two long summer nights as they carouse, fall in love, fight, give birth, or die. (Valentin Vaala, 1948, subtitles, 66 minutes)

courtesy Finnish Film Foundation

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