The Village Shoemakers (Nummisuutarit)
1957, 93 minutes
Directed by: Valentin Vaala
Starring: Martti Kuningas, Lauri Leino, Alice Lyly, Ernest Ervasti, Jalmari Rinne
Finnish audio, Swedish or English subtitles
The film is available here.

The film was directed in 1957 by Valentin Vaala and it was already the third film adaptation of the play by Aleksis Kivi. The comedy depicts the story of Esko, a young shoemaker, who can help himself to an inheritance: provided that he gets married earlier than Jaana, his foster sister.  Esko therefore begins the journey to the one that he wants to take as his wife. Will he be successful? The colourful Finnish countryside is a good addition to the funny characters and the original language of the original script.

The introduction to the movie by Michal Švec will take place on Thursday, 7th of May 2020 from 19.00. He will talk about the context of the film, the earlier adaptations and much more. Registrations at  

The original movie with English (or Swedish subtitles) can be watched at any time under this link.

The event takes place as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings and Nordic Film Thursdays. The project Nordic literature in the heart of Europe 2020 has been going with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Prague Municipality.

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