#ReadNordicFilm: Ladies of Steel

Elderly ladies on the move

Seventy-five-year-old Inkeri hit her husband with a frying pan and plans to bury him in the garden. But before she hands herself into the police, she decides to have some fun before facing up to her crime and sets off on an adventure with her sisters. The ride through Finland is filled with charming hitchhikers, flashbacks and naughty dance. When Inkeri stumbles across old articles from her student days, when she was still full of ideals, and reconnects with her first love, she is reminded of how many of her dreams were destroyed after she had married. Maybe it’s not too late after all…?

As part of the #ReadNordicFilm series, we invite you to watch the Finnish comedy

LADIES OF STEEL (Teräsleidit, 2020, 88 min)

Directed by Pamela Tola
Screenplay: Pamela Tola, Aleksi Bardy
Cast: Leena Uotila, Saara Pakkasvirta, Seela Sella, Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, Samuli Niittymäki, Jani Volanen, Allan Mõttus, Jukka Virtanen, and others

IMDB (6,1/10)

The fresh roadmovie dealing with the stereotypes associated with elder people was directed by the Finnish actress Pamela Tola. Ladies of Steel received an enthusiastic response abroad and was nominated for the European Film Awards in the comedy category.

The character of Inkeri is played by Leena Uotila, who recently appeared in Juha Lehtola’s The Human Part (Ihmisen osa). Inkeri’s sister Sylvi was portrayed by Saara Pakkasvirta and won the Finnish Jussi Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

In the original sound with Czech subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by an introduction to senior characters in Scandinavian literature.


13 September, 19:00 PRAGUE, Edison Filmhub (Jeruzalémská 1321/2)
– introduction by Hana Švolbová
–165 CZK; online at edisonfilmhub.cz

13. September, 20:00 BRNO, Kino Art (Cihlářská 19)
– introduction by Barbara Gregorová
– 120 CZK (100 CZK for members of the Scandinavian House); online at kinoart.cz


Adaptations of books or biographies of literary figures are extremely popular among Scandinavian filmmakers. A new series shows, among other things, how filmmakers approach these challenges. Screenings take place roughly every other month at the Edison Filmhub in Prague and several times a year also at the Art Cinema in Brno, or in a virtual cinema. Through lecturers’ introductions, we present not only the film itself and its authors, but also the related book titles and place them in the context of Nordic literature and national cinema. In addition to highlighting books available in Czech, we also introduce the public to works that have not (yet) been translated.

The event is organised by the Scandinavian House in cooperation with Edison Filmhub and Kino Art, with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Prague Municipality and the Statutory City Brno.