The filmAn ordinary man who’s had enough of the rat race. Glue factory, wife and a kid – is that all there is to it?
Stuck living in his childhood home, now with his own family, Matti has been yearning for change. One day, the wait is over. He finds himself suddenly transported from one place to another – miles away.
Gone is a film about longing for freedom. Is that selfish?
“I thought I had made myself clear. There’s no cure for this.”
Panu Tuomikko plays Matti. He’s a mainstay of the production company Amazement and a brilliant multitasker in the fields of film and theatre. Tuomikko has worked in the National Theatre of Petrozavodsk and in various Finnish groups. “Patse” is also known for his role as a film educator on the Finnish Kaikki kuvaa website.
Eeva Putro plays Teija, Matti’s wife. She was educated in Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. Putro has a strong background with roles in tens of films, tv-series and theatre plays. Currently she is acting in The Finnish National Theatre.
Julia Hemmilä plays the daughter Emma. Among the hundred candidates that tested for the role Hemmilä was a clear choice. This at the time 8-year -old natural talent has no previous acting experience.
Also starring are Seppo-Ilmari Siitonen, Tommi Korpela, Minka Kuustonen, Rainer Kaunisto, Maruska Verona, Jon-Jon Geitel, Jarkko Niemi and Ina Mikkola.
Pictured from top left: make-up artist Anniina Sipola, dop Markus Tynskä, sound recordist Aleksi Tegel, director Arttu Haglund, actor Panu Tuomikko.
directed, edited and produced by
director of photography
Philippe La Grassa
ProductionBased on an acclaimed short story of the same title by writer Avi Heikkinen, Gone is the first feature film of both the director Arttu Haglund and the production company Amazement. As an exceptionally ambitious Finnish independent project, footage was filmed on six continents and the cast and crew actually visiting the United States, Tenerife and Estonia. The film was finally completed in March 2019. After festival tour the film will have its Finnish theatrical premiere in autumn.
Status quo 1st Mar 2019:
Shot gradually during a period of many years, this slowly advancing production enabled us to break the standard pattern of proceeding brutally from script to production to post production. The different parts of production have mixed seamlessly with each other in an intriguing way. This is rather fitting, as the events of the film also take place in two years’ time.
“Even when you’re here, I feel like you’re just about to leave.”
Below you will find material intended for press/festivals/reviews. (C) Still photos: Arttu Haglund, crew picture: Jarno Kuusinen, photo of director: Susan Korpi.
The protagonist of the film, Matti (Panu Tuomikko) feels trapped in life.
Matti’s (Panu Tuomikko) inexplicable predicament takes him all over the world.
Matti’s wife Teija (Eeva Putro) is having difficulties to make ends meet.
All Matti’s daughter Emma (Julia Hemmilä) wants is for her dad to come back home. And stay home.
Cast and crew at the first private screening of the film.
Director of the film, Arttu Haglund.
Any inquiries? Please contact the director Arttu Haglund: arttu.haglund [at] amazement.fi.
“Did dad leave already?”
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