Aku Louhimies • Finland • 2017
An infantry unit’s tour of duty lasts more than three years.
Summer, 1941. An infantry unit has been deployed to the staging area as Finland prepares to invade the Soviet Union. Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms will fight for three years, until armistice in 1944. They are ordered to cross borders, defend posts, capture cities. Their experiences here will shape their lives forever, while leaving an indelible mark on the nation.
Based on a bestselling novel by Väinö Linna, Unknown Soldier realistically portrays a platoon of young men draw into the maws of war. Aku Louhimies’s ninth film won Best Sound Design, Best Leading Actor, and Best Editing at Finland’s Jussi Awards.