Socially Distanced Screening: Sat 30 April 5.15pm
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Starring: Seidi Haarla, Yuriy Borisov
Winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No.6 is a warming, funny and unexpected tale of adventure, self-discovery and human connection.
Young Finnish archaeology student Laura (Seidi Haarla) is convinced by her lecturer – and lover – to take a trip to an ancient site of petroglyphs near the Arctic Circle.
However, when she boards the long-distance train to take her there, she finds that she has to share her carriage with the boorish and belligerent Ljoha (Yuriy Borisov), a foul-mouthed, misogynistic drunk travelling to his new job as a miner.
Initially, they seem to have nothing in common, but, like the landscape they’re travelling through, the more time Laura spends with Ljoha the more he thaws, revealing an unforeseen kindness beneath the macho façade.
This chance meeting between the two occupants of compartment no. 6 brings about an awakening within them, forming a bond they will never forget.
Echoing both Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Sofia Coppola‘s Lost In Translation, Compartment No.6 has its own distinct sensibility and two mesmerising leads who bring charm, humour and warmth as their journey progresses.
In Finnish and Russian with English subtitles
★★★★ “A DELICIOUS BLACK COMIC STREAK… A BEACON OF WARMTH” Time Out
★★★★ “AN ABSORBING JOY” Evening Standard