Cheng, 45, a restaurant owner from China, has travelled with his young son halfway around the world to a remote village in — Finland. His wife died recently in an accident, and Cheng wanted to have a break from everything by traveling with his son to see an old Finnish friend who lives on a farm in the countryside of Finland. It’s the most remote place he can imagine with endless forests, thousands of lakes, a country with entire population of one-fifth of Cheng’s home town, Shanghai.
Mika Kaurismäki had an overnight sensation with his first film Liar (1980). It marked the beginning of a new era in Finnish cinema, in which the Kaurismäki brothers led the way. Since then, Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries, including The Worthless, Rosso, Helsinki Napoli, LA Without a Map, Mama Africa, Brasileirinho, Road North and Girl King.