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PRIMAL THERAPY

WRITER & DIRECTOR

FICTION SHORT, 2021

(Fin. Suoterapia)


A middle-aged man on the verge of a burnout seeks new energy through a very special form of self help therapy.



Watch on Yle Areena:

https://areena.yle.fi/1-66488051

(19 min)



Festivals and awards:

Miob in Shorts Award, Winner, 2023

Tampere Film Festival, Generation XYZ, Audience Award, 2022

Cottbus Film Festival, Special Prize for a Director, 2022

Manchester Film Festival, Best Student Film, 2022

Transilvania Shorts, Best Actor, 2022

Budapest Indie Film Festival, Best Comedy, 2022

Sydney Short Film Festival, Best Comedy, 2022

Santorini Film Festival, Best Comedy, 2022

Neitofestivaali, Best Film, 2021

European Cinematography Awards, Best Student Film, 2022

European Cinematography Awards, Best Student Film Cinematography, 2022

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Best Comedy, Nominee, 2022

Arctic Film Festival, Best Student Production, Nominee, 2022

LA Comedy Film Festival, Official Selection, 2023

Encounters Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022 

Indiecork Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Red Carpet Festari, Fiktion Parhaimmistoa, 2023

SES - Lyhyesti kerran kuussa, Elämä on juhla, 2022

Helsinki Love and Anarchy Film Festival, Official Selection, 2021

Blue Sea Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Espoo Ciné, Ciné kylässä, 2022

Crossing Europe, Official Selection, 2023

Postira Seaside Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Bolton Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

13th Parish Festival, Official Selection, 2023

Black Sea Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Tacoma Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Athens Short Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

Bucharest Short Film Festival, Official Selection, 2022

JärviKino, Lyhytelokuvanäytös, 2023

Riviera Punavuori, Punavuoren teatterin avajaisjuhlat, 2022




Review of the film by Matthew Chan, Encounters Film Festival:


“There was a time, astonishingly, where portraying corporate Wall Street guys as bloodthirsty, conscience-free murderers seemed chic. Santtu Salminen understands this sentiment and with his absurdist Primal Therapy breathes new life into a tired trope. An important distinguishing factor here is the age of his protagonist, Jussi, a man past middle age seemingly at the end of the road careerwise. Years of grinding projects as “Jussi the Jock” has left him with a divorced wife, a rude child and plenty of processed food to eat. He’s practically staring down his obsolescence when the young, fit and certainly more productive Aleksi picks him up in his swanky Porsche for a corporate retreat of sorts.


The key to returning to Jussi’s prime, it appears, is to go primal, to let go of all sense of good taste, starting with your clothes and finally your morals. The pleasures of Salminen’s film stems not just from seeing naked men wrestle in an uber-masculine yet distinctly homoerotic manner, but in viewing the warped psyche of the modern capitalist. It’s a sort of body horror of the mind, where years of repression and frustration from a lack of financial success exhibit themselves in a fundamental rewiring of the brain, creating an animalistic urge to dominate, and of course, kill.”

— Matthew Chan

https://www.encounters.film/primal-therapy




CAST

Jussi: Eppu Salminen

Aleksi: Emil Kihlström

Lintubongaaja: Hannes Suominen

Jussin poika: Leo Moreau


CREW

Screenwriter & director: Santtu Salminen

Producer: Elisabeth Keinänen

Cinematographer: Elis Lindfors

Editor: Riina Saltiola

Sound design: Jaanis Hållman

Composer: Emil Sana

Production design: Jaakko Juutela

Costume design: Mira Korhonen

MUAH: Nani Auvinen


Production manager: Emma Kurki

Production coordinator: Jussi Mäkelä

1. AD: Olli Kasper

Set runner: Saara Tuomisto

Script supervisor: Rosa Salomaa


Grade: Post Control

VFX: Totte Lehtinen

3D: Teemu Hartikainen


Gaffer: Ossi Kallio

Best person: Joni Lintula

Lighting technician: Tiia Salminen, Sakari Sankkinen, Johannes Heinonen

Grip: Roni Rautavuori, Santtu Koivisto


1. AC: Nuutti Sihvonen

2. AC: Aurora Sallinen, Marko Pyykkönen

Video assistant: Tia Alm

Drone operator: Eero Liimatainen


Sound recordist: Jaanis Hållman

Boom operator: Laura Viljanen


Administrative manager: Jani Kallio

Location manager: Pyry Aitamurto, Arto Kultalahti

Catering: Mikko Ahola

Set catering: Elise Byman

Production assistant: Juho Marttinen

Runner: Matias Kylliäinen

Production designers assistant: Aleksi Luukka

Stunt driver: Henri Perttula

Stunt coordinator: Seppo Kumpulainen

First AID: Viivi Joutsen


Graphic designer: Aura Latva-Somppi

Making of: Elias Ryynänen, Veikko Timonen


English translator: Roope Salminen

Russian translator: Vladislav Sarelainen

PRODUCTION COMPANY: LuodoMedia

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