The Unknown Soldier, an explosive war drama, is the story of a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviets in the Second World War. It is an adaptation of the iconic novel by Väinö Linna, who himself was such a soldier. The story evolves around individual men in the platoon, all very different from one another. The warm humour of The Unknown Soldier makes it all the more realistic, true and tragic. The Unknown Soldier is also a grippingly moving story of a small nation standing up to the overwhelming force of the Soviet Union. It is an unusual account of how the human mind is transformed in a gruelling journey there and back again.
Aku Louhimies is an accomplished Finnish film director and screenwriter. Louhimies started his career by directing documentaries, music videos and commercials. He has now directed 8 feature films and has won several prizes around the world.