Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nordic Film Series resumes with Finnish film Oct. 14

HANCOCK -- The Finnish film Letters to Father Jacob will kick off this fall’s Nordic Film Series at the Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. The film will be shown twice -- at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. -- on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Back by popular demand, Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) is a redemptive story of a blind, elderly pastor and a hardened life-sentence prisoner who has just been pardoned.

When Lelia is released from prison, she is offered a job at a secluded parsonage, which she unwillingly accepts. Each day the mailman brings letters from people asking Father Jacob for help. Leila’s job is to read aloud the letters and answer them as the pastor dictates.

Answering the letters is Father Jacob’s life mission, while Leila thinks it’s pointless.

When the letters suddenly stop coming, Jacob’s life is shaken to its foundation. As Leila rouses Jacob from his despair, their roles are reversed and unexpectedly intertwined.

The 72-minute film is in the Finnish language with English language sub-titles.

Letters to Father Jacob is directed by Klaus Härö, who also directed the films Mother of Mine and Elina, previous Nordic Film Series selections.

There is no charge to attend the film, but donations are accepted.

For additional information, call 906-487-7549. The Finnish American Heritage Center is at 435 Quincy St., downtown Hancock.

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