Unien Savonlinna


Lauri Ainala and his brother Olli formed the group Paavoharju in Savonlinna, Finland where the brothers met Emmi Uimonen, Jenni Koivistoinen and some other people. Lauri has been documenting everyone in and around Paavoharju for over five years, with anything that he's had at hand -- from broken digital stills cameras to any old video cameras. He currently lives in Helsinki and is preparing for the DVD release party and one of the only Paavoharju concerts in the foreseeable future in Korjaamo, Helsinki. Not so long ago in Savonlinna, there was another, hidden, Savonlinna -- the Savonlinna of dreams (Unien Savonlinna). It existed in deserted houses, in caves, in abandoned factories and barges -- anywhere the boys of Tuote were living. Self-made, serenely timeless, these romantic dens of filth, gilded by summer, also hid inside the most original musical visions and bands in Finland. The opera town did not notice them, but they rose onto the field of glory, around Finland and around the world. Paavoharju has been widely recognized worldwide, and they last took the stage at the 2009 Roskilde Festival. Joose Keskitalo has become one of the most important Finnish songwriters of the new millennium. And with their debut album Suomimorsiamen Pyhä Tie, Harmaa Getto became the most controversial name of 2009 in Finnish rap circles. The shacks where this spirit was nesting in Savonlinna are now torn to pieces, but luckily, not all pieces were lost. Lauri Ainala from Paavoharju has collected these pieces from all the years and has slowly built them into a unique DVD. The main dish on the DVD is a 50-minute film directed and produced by Lauri Ainala. The film could be described as an ambient film, since instead of detailed documenting, it aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Savonlinna of dreams. The stylistically unprecedented symbiosis of image and sound is assembled from material spontaneously shot throughout the years with digital pocket cameras and mini-DV cameras. In addition to the film, the DVD contains music videos (by guest directors Ville Kettunen, Sami Sänpäkkilä, Jenni Rope, and Topias Salonen), special live recordings, documentary clips, and a picture gallery. The DVD package also contains a booklet with a story by various writers, about a certain summer in a deserted dairy. The story is illustrated by authentic pictures from the scene. DVD features deluxe covers with a 20-page booklet. Length: 50 + 58 minutes. Music by Paavoharju, Joose Keskitalo and Harmaa Getto. Format: Region Free DVD (PAL & NTSC, two-sided).