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THE LAST BOOKSHOP OF THE WORLD (2017)


A creative documentary 

(Will be premiered internationally in September)

Duration 90 minutes
In roles: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Kaisa Kukkola, Nacho Angulo, Boris Koneczny
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Oy Bad Taste Ltd (Finland) & Sonora Estudios (Spain)

Four Europeans - men and women from different cultures and different fields of art – travel in a mini bus with quality books of world literature in a desert-like landscape to find a distant place where they will establish “the world's last bookshop”. The isolated place is just perfect for that purpose as there the printed books of the world will be much safer from the termites of entertainment industry and internet than they are in urban cities.

Screening format: DCP, Blu-ray
Languages: Spanish, French, German, Finnish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Finnish

Distribution: Oy Bad Taste Ltd & Sonora Estudios (international)

Cinemanse Oy (Finland)



See trailer


See teaser





CIRCLES & STONES (2016)

A creative documentary 

(Domestic premiere at Love & Anarchy – the 29th Helsinki International Film Festival, September 2016)

Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Oy Bad Taste Ltd

About: After meeting in one film festival, a man and a woman, two totally strangers to each other, decide to travel to the stones of the world to find out why they have always felt stones much more close to themselves than other human beings. During their mystic journey in different countries in different continents, they will also understand more about the missing parts of their inner circles and about the grief and the destiny of Mankind on this stoned planet named Earth.
 
Screening mode: DCP, Blu-ray
Languages: Finnish, German
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French

Distribution: Oy Bad Taste Ltd (international)
PEK – Pirkanmaan Elokuvakeskus (domestic)

See trailer: Vimeo








THEO'S HOUSE (2014)

World premiere in Quad Cinema, Greenwich Village, New York, 12.12.2014

A feature film


Duration: 108 min

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Oy Bad Taste Ltd & Butterworks Oy production


During 1980's, Theo and Vincent, two Finnish architects, were involved in the big change of environmental identities - escalating to one coast area where they replaced 320 wooden houses by 32 concrete towers. Ten years later, in 1993, they meet in a castle in Brandenburg in former East-Germany. Their discussions go into a conflict over their projects and ethics of architecture. Finally, Theo begins to design a Dream House, but not only for himself but also for a German woman named Clara he has met once, 50 years ago in their childhood.

Screening mode: DCP, Blu-ray

 

Languages: English, Finnish and German

 

Subtitles: English

 

Distributor: Oy Bad Taste Ltd & Butterworks Oy (international)

PEK – Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus (domestic)

 

www.theoshouse.fi – trailer + info

www.youtube.com – theo’s house – reasons of Clara (final song)

 

contact: Tiina Butter – tiinabutter(at)gmail.com







LAST LIFE OF LUCIFER (2013)


A feature film


Duration: 122 min

In roles: Timo Torikka, Minna Haapkylä, Pekka Milonoff, Hannu-Pekka Björkman

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Oy Bad Taste Ltd


A film about the greatest demon of creation who has been left out of work after Mankind has 

created bigger evils to speed up its ruin. Thus Lucifer decides to become human and to learn a new 

emotion - an ability to love. To guide him on the road to humanity, the demon selects a theatre 

director with a problem of his own: he can't find the right actor for his play about Rainer Maria Rilke,
an Austrian poet from early 1900's. Lucifer helps him to find the right actor. After his transformation 

to human, Lucifer meets a woman - an actress who is the reincarnation of Lou Andreas-Salomé, 

Rilke's muse.

Will they end up a happy couple in a suburb of Helsinki?


Screening mode: DCP, Blu-ray
Language: Finnish, German
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd (international),
PEK - Pirkanmaan Elokuvakeskus (domestic)


See trailer: www.luciferlandia.fi







WATER MARKED (2012)

A feature film


Duration: 102 min

In roles: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Kalle Holmberg, Nacho Angulo, Seela Sella

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Oy Bad Taste Ltd


A half-Jewish Nordic photographer arrives at Venice, Italy, in wintertime to seek the beauty of “Other Leningrad" Joseph Brodsky, a Nobel –prized Russian poet, found there. The photographer takes silent images in Venice and opens his inner sinful reality to Brodsky, his only mental brother. The photographer carries the weight of his father who worked as an informer of Jewish people to Nazis during II World War in their home country.

 

Screening mode: DCP, Blu-ray 
Language: Finnish, Spanish 
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd (International) 
Pirkanmaan Elokuvakeskus (Domestic)


see trailer: www.vedenpeili.fi






FACE TO FACE (2011)


Duration: 60 min

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Year: 2011


Face to Face is a photo cinema about the contents of our modern time concept – telling that inside of our time has been built a stream of material values, which began as oedipal fever in United States of America and ends up in Europe. It also speaks about the interdependence between the original citizens of Mother Europe and New World Europeans of ‘The Good Bad Son’ alias America, on both sides of the Big Sea. It underlines how after ‘The Second Hiroshima’ of Japan we long to a shelter against our own values. We want to forget the growing dread of our Grandmother Africa.


Screening mode: Blu-ray 
Languages: English-Spanish, Finnish-Swedish
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd (International)





A JOURNEY TO EDEN

(co-production with Sonora Estudios, Vitoria, Alava, Spain www.sonoraestudios.com)
A feature film

Duration: 100 min

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Year: 2011 (September)


Two male artists travelling in winter in the famous La Rioja wine-growing region of Northern Spain. One of the men, named Ignacio – a Basque modern music composer living in Finland – is weighed down by traumatic guilt at his daughter’s car accident in Helsinki: she is in a medical coma and will be returned to consciousness in 10 days. The other man, named Comaz – a Swiss painter living in Spain – is suffering from artist’s block; the model for his drawings of hands has announced she no longer wishes to continue. The men go to see paintings showing human hands in churches and monasteries and discuss such topics as Dante’s concept of Paradise and the meaning of faith and prayer. They finally end up in the chapel of the renowned Remelluri wine estate at La Rioja Alavesawhere the Basque painter Vicente Ameztoy created his own visual interpretation of Adam and Eve’s last moment of happiness in Eden. While gazing at the painting the travellers experience a mental miracle and understand something fundamental about the meaning of forgiveness.  

 

Language: Spanish

 

A Finnish – Basque co-production 


Screening mode: DCP, Blu-ray 

Language: Spanish 

Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish 

Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd (International) 

PEK - pek@elokuvakeskus.fi (Domestic)






ICAROS - FALLEN EUROPE


Duration: 58 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2011


Pekka Jalkanen, a Finnish modern music composer, begins to compose his Russian Concerto – a concerto of longing for home - in his childhood’s home, near Russian border. At the same time, his mind makes a trip to Mother Russia and to Balkans to collect materials for his upcoming work. Analysing reasons for economical and cultural chaos in the new united Europe, the composer finally arrives at the tomb of Andrei Tarkovsky, a Russian master of world's cinema, near Paris, to respect the memory of the auteur who spoke about longing in his films.

Screening mode: Blu-ray 

Language: Finnish and Russian

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd






CASA ESTUDIO por Luis Barragán

 

Duration: 60 min

Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Year: 2010


The world-famous Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902 – 1988) designed his house and studio in the Tacubaya suburb of Mexico City during 1947 – 48.The house – better known as Casa Estudio – became a magic home also for colour, light and silence. The film tells the amazing story of Casa Estudio as an example of the metaphysical architecture of Luis Barragán.

 

Five Master Houses of The World -series 

The film contains a bonus track: 
Fragments on Barragán by Juhani Pallasmaa, architect and essayist

 

Screening mode: digital beta, DVD

Language: Finnish

Subtitles: English

Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd






LE CABANON par Le Corbusier


Duration: 60 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2010

The world-famous architect and painter Le Corbusier (1887-1965) sketched his Thoreau-like hut in 45 minutes as a birthday present for his wife Yvonne in December 1951. The wooden cabin of 16 m2 – situated in the hillside of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in French Riviera – was to serve as a model for minimal living. The film tells the amazing story of Le Cabanon – from architect’s first arriving at Côte d’Azur via Eileen Gray’s E-1027-house to the final building connected with Étoile de Mer -restaurant– and the fate of the architect in his paradise home. 

Five Master Houses of The World -series 

The film contains a bonus track: 
The Last Photograph (about Le Corbusier) 

Screening mode: Digital beta, DVD 
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd



The production is available to buy and download for private use here.


Tuotanto on ostettavissa ja ladattavissa yksityiseen käyttöön täältä.





The Colours of The Holocaust

Duration: 60 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2010

A film of the longest hatred, anti-Semitism, the world has ever seen with a focus on the crucial moments of its fate – the birth of Aryanism in Europe and its shift to Nazism in the first half of the 20th century. The film shows that Organized Evil – the Nazis’ utopist journey to an empire lasting a thousand years – did not occur in a black and white reality, like archive films have taught us, but rather in the same colourful world in which we live today. 

Screening mode: Digital beta, DVD 
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd




Tadao Ando / Koshino House

Duration: 59 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2009

The world-famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando (born 1941) designed the Koshino House for the fashion designer Hiroko Koshino and her family in Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan during 1979 – 80, 1980-81 and 1983-84.The building has become the symbol of a home made for light. The film reveals the Koshino House as a collection of all the fragments of Ando’s architectonical vocabulary – not forgetting the architect’s connection to the Japanese aesthetic tradition. It also tells the life story of Tadao Ando, a self-educated architect, and about his tendency to solve the mystery of timeless and solid architecture. 

Five Master Houses of the World – series 

Screening mode: DVD 
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd



The production is available to buy and download for private use here.


Tuotanto on ostettavissa ja ladattavissa yksityiseen käyttöön täältä.





A Finnish Thought

Duration: 57 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2009


Five Finnish intellectuals – president Martti Ahtisaari, a Nobel peace prize 2009; Jari Ehrnrooth, a philosopher; Seija Kulkki, an innovation expert; Sirkka-Liisa Kivelä, a professor in Family Medicine, Terho Pursiainen, an author and a priest – give their personal interpretations on the question: what possibilities the mankind still have for surviving on this planet? 

Screening mode: Digital beta, DVD 
Language: Finnish 
Distributor: YLE, The Broadcasting Company of Finland






Villa Mairea - The Essence of a House (long version)

Duration: 50 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2009


The world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976) designed the Villa Mairea for his close friends Maire and Harry Gullichsen as their home in Noormarkku near the west coast of Finland on the eve of the Second World War. Located in a pine forest adjoining an old sawmill area, the house was to become one of the most notable icons in modern architecture. The film reveals the Villa Mairea as a unique artistic microcosm influenced by international modern architecture and art, Finnish cultural heritage, and Japanese aesthetic tradition.The film also illustrates the design process of the project that turned into one of the seminal houses of the entire modern era. 

Five Master Houses of the World – series 

Screening mode: Digital beta, beta SP dvd
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd 

The production is available to buy and download for private use here.


Tuotanto on ostettavissa ja ladattavissa yksityiseen käyttöön täältä.





The Colours of Soul

Duration: 24 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2008


A film about a Finnish-Jewish painter Rafael Wardi (b.1928) who is a Maestro on oil and pastel painting and on water colour. In this sensible film, 80 years old Wardi speaks about his relationship to Nature and colours, water colour and Light, not forgetting his connection to an Italian painter, Giorgio Morandi. During the film’s story, Wardi also paints a watercolour by his fingers, for the first time in his life, in his atelier in Helsinki Cable Factory. 

Screening mode: Digital beta, beta SP dvd
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: Swedish 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd







The Last Forest Boy

Duration: 28 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Year: 2007

The Last Forest Boy is a myth-like tale about the last wild son of Mother Nature of the Nordic Forests. His home lies deep in the woods, near by the Polar Circle. One summer’ say, as he arrives at a planted forest region and fishes there and enjoys life with his daily routines amidst the pinewoods, Forest Boy suddenly becomes aware of the signs of civilisation all around him. The time has come for him to choose: whether to flee from the inevitable approaching change or to seek a new identity in the modern world. 

In leading role: Heikki Mäntymaa, a Finnish performance artist 

Screening mode: Digital beta, dvd
Language: Finnish, English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd






The Melnikov House

Duration: 58 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2007

The world famous architect Konstantin Melnikov (1890 – 1974) designed his utopian house, an icon of modern architecture, in the centre of Moscow in the late 1920’s. When Joseph Stalin prohibited modern architecture in Soviet Union, Melnikov was denied his right to work as an architect and was in practise placed under house arrest. This film tells the amazing story of the Melnikov House and the fate of an architect imprisoned in his utopian house. 

Five Master Houses of the World – series 

Screening mode: Digital beta, beta SP, dvd
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English, Spanish 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd 

The production is available to buy and download for private use here.


Tuotanto on ostettavissa ja ladattavissa yksityiseen käyttöön täältä.




The Grief of a School

Duration: 28 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2006

A film about the grief of a Finnish village school as it becomes clear one summer that there will be no future for its pupil. The film conveys the cruel local politics that do not respect the values of local schooling and decide to close a fully active school of 30 pupils and two teachers just to earn some more annual savings. The film shows the blindness of how Finland – a promised land with high quality education and educative records – is vacating its countryside from its village-school culture. 

Screening mode: Digital beta, dvd
Language: Finnish 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd
 



Villa Mairea – a house under the pines (short version)

Duration: 26 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2005

The world famous architect Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976) designed the Villa Mairea for Maire and Harry Gullichsen as a family home at Noormarkku near the west coast of Finland on the eve of the Second World War. Situated in a pine forest adjoining an old sawmill, the house was to become one of the most notable icons in modern architecture. The film reveals the world of the Villa Mairea as a unique reality influenced by both Finland’s own architectural heritage and Japanese culture. 

Screening mode: Digital beta, dvd
Language: Finnish, English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd 





Zahara&Urga

Duration: 60 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2005

A film about a human’s longing to find himself – set in Europe, Russia and Africa during 20th century. A story about a silent boy living near the Arctic Circle to whom a special light phenomenon one day gives another person’s voice. He becomes a photographer who spends years travelling through European cultures searching for the light that helped him to speak. He arrives at a steppe (urga) in Central Russia where an Englishman called Andrew Powell once photographed a phenomenon of the same kind 60 years before, during the Stalinist regime of the 1930’s. He begins to trace Powell’s life through recent European and African history, arriving at a house called Zahara in Spanish Africa. Here he discovers that the imagery of the mysterious Powell was similar to his and that Powell had photographed the same places as him. The mystery is: what are these men to each other? 

Jury Prize and Audience Prize, 9th Ethnofilmfest
, Berlin 2006. Honourable Mention by Jury, 25th FIFA, Montreal 2007 

Screening mode: Digital beta, beta SP, dvd
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd






Chateau de l’âme

Duration: 56 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2004

A film about the spiritual encounter of the works of the world-famous Finnish modern music composer Kaija Saariaho, living in Paris, and the Spanish visual artist Nacho Angulo, and about an attempt to understand what the human soul contains.In the film Nacho Angulo, living in Madrid, uses about 15 000 pieces of birch to produce his interpretation of five-part song cycle, Chateau de l’âme, composed by Kaija Saariaho. During the long working process his mind wanders in Finnish birch forests seeking the mythical background and the soul of the birch tree as well as Kaija Saariaho’s connection with this spiritual landscape of her childhood. The film depicts this encounter in a space crossing the borders of different cultures. In this space, Nacho Angulo’s starting point for his process, based on modern music, is also a deep personal grieving that necessitates finding the contents of the castle of the soul. 

Screening mode: Digital beta, beta SP, dvd
Language: Finnish, Spanish 
Subtitles: English 
Distributor: Bad Taste Ltd



Emma (co-production with Kinotar Oy)

Duration: 27 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas
Year: 2001

A film about Kain Tapper, a famous Finnish wood sculpture (1930 – 2005), his working philosophy and the process of making his first erotic sculpture, a giant wooden work named Emma.

Screening mode: Digital beta, dvd
Language: Finnish 
Subtitles: Swedish 
Distributor: Kinotar Oy
, Finland

(More Rax Rinnekangas films produced by Kinotar Oy – see link: www.kinotar.com)



God’s Jester – Luis Buñuel

Duration: 29 minutes 
Directed by Rax Rinnekangas

Year: 2000


semidrama about an English literature profesor solving the mystery of Dry Martini, Luis Buñuel’s legendary drink. The story happens in the monastery of El Paular in Segovia, Spain where Luis Buñuel, a world-famous Spanish film director spent some of the last happy moments of his life. 
In leading role: Neil Hardwick. 

Screening mode: Digital beta 
Distributor: YLE, The Broadcasting Company of Finland