Sauna (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Sauna (2008)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 3,332 votes 
  • Genre: History | Horror
  • Release Date: 24 October 2008 (Finland)
  • Runtime: 83 min
  • Filming Location: Finland
  • Budget: €930,679(estimated)
  • Director: Antti-Jussi Annila
  • Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen and Viktor Klimenko
  • Original Music By: Panu Aaltio   
  • Plot Keyword: Border | Mythology | Sauna | 1590s | Remorse

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Iiro Küttner  written by

Known Trivia

  • The later scenes in the movie were shot first. For example Sonja Petäjäjärvi’s character ‘Poika’ had her blood make-up already during her first takes, so the meeting scenes in the village (her first appearance in the movie) were shot later on.
  • The word ‘Poika’ means ‘Boy’ in Finnish. However, the character ‘Poika’ is played by a girl ‘Sonja Petäjäjärvi’.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Modern day fillings are visible in the mouth of one character.

Plot: As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey. |  »

Story: As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.


Synopsis: Two brothers, part of a border-recognition treaty detachment after a very long war, confront and deal with the wartime acts of brutality and violence of the older brother. The older brother has been part of this war for 25 years; the younger brother has been studying to become a professor and has been comparatively sheltered from the horrors. The younger brother comes face to face with his older brother’s moral deterioration, and, disturbed by the older brother’s acts of war, eventually persuades (and forces) the older brother to completely atone for those actions.

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Produced By:

  • Jesse Fryckman known as producer
  • Filip Hejduk known as line producer
  • Tero Kaukomaa known as producer
  • Anna Konttinen known as post-production producer
  • Heikki Leikola known as associate producer
  • San Fu Maltha known as associate producer
  • Artturi Mutanen known as associate producer
  • Martti Ylöstalo known as post-production producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ville Virtanen known as Eerik
  • Tommi Eronen known as Knut
  • Viktor Klimenko known as Semenski
  • Rain Tolk known as Rogosin
  • Kari Ketonen known as Musko
  • Sonja Petäjäjärvi known as Poika
  • Vilhelmiina Virkkunen known as Tytär
  • Taisto Reimaluoto known as Isäntä
  • Ismo Kallio known as Kylänvanhin
  • Kati Outinen known as Eukko
  • Dick Idman known as Roukkula
  • Ivo Kubecka known as Munkki
  • Elena Leeve known as Isännän tyttären ääni (voice)
  • Elena Spirina known as Rogosinin äidin tuutulaulu (voice)
  • Peter Holmlund known as Ruotsalaisten tulkki
  • Asko Vainio known as Ondrei Suurinen
  • Timo Halonen known as Ruotsalainen knihti
  • Eero Jaakkola known as Ruotsalainen knihti
  • Aleksei Kettunen known as Venäläinen streltsi
  • Juha Linna known as Venäläinen streltsi
  • Stefano Pallanza known as Venäläinen streltsi
  • Antti Eskola known as Pohjalainen talonpoika
  • Markku Salo known as Pohjalainen talonpoika
  • Heikki Tuomaala known as Karjalainen talonpoika
  • Ari Wirta known as Kaatamolainen talonpoika
  • Tarmo Leppänen known as Kaatamolainen talonpoika
  • Kari Nurmi known as Kaatamolainen talonpoika
  • Olavi Kari known as Kaatamolainen talonpoika

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Martina Janatova known as assistant makeup artist
  • Linda Kopecka known as makeup assistant
  • Salla Mäntymaa known as makeup artist
  • Tereza Pracharova known as makeup assistant
  • Laura Rantaniemi known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Ellinoora Aro known as set assistant
  • Timo Hyppönen known as graphic designer
  • Jiri Maran known as set decorating stand-by
  • Jiri Navratil known as props
  • Ahti Pursiainen known as set assistant
  • Michael Rossler known as property master
  • Saara Salmi known as set assistant
  • Riina Sipovaara known as graphic designer
  • Frantisek Sloup known as set decorating stand-by
  • Juha Säkkinen known as property master: second unit
  • Petr Votava known as prop buyer
  • Petri Österlund known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Bronson Club
  • Etic Pictures
  • Yleisradio (YLE)

Other Companies:

  • Dakota Music Services  music preparation
  • Digital Film Finland Oy  post-production facilities
  • E. D. A. Catering  catering
  • EVTEK-ammattikorkeakoulu  visual effects
  • Elokuvamuonitus Nakki  catering
  • Finnlab  film lab
  • Helsinging Tilikeskus Oy  financing
  • Meguru Film Sound  sound post-production
  • PRO3  extras casting
  • Roolituspalvelu Oy  casting
  • Scandia Rent  cars
  • Set 4 You  set building
  • Soundtrack Studio  music studio
  • Suomen Elokuvasäätiö  funding


  • NonStop Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • 8-Films (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Another World Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (DVD)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • IFC Films (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Njutafilms (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • WVG Medien GmbH (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • WVG Medien GmbH (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Blastwave

Visual Effects by:

  • Juha Jokinen known as visual effects
  • Pasi Kaarto known as visual effects coordinator
  • Lasse Kilpiä known as animator: titles
  • Sakari Leppä known as visual effects
  • Timo-Pekko Nieminen known as visual effects
  • Antti Peltoranta known as visual effects
  • Eric Raunio known as animator: titles
  • Carlos Santos known as animator: titles
  • Olli Leppänen known as visual effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 5 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 20 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Finland 25 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Spain 4 October 2008 (Sitges Film Festival)
  • Finland 17 October 2008 (limited)
  • Finland 24 October 2008
  • Italy 27 October 2008 (Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival)
  • UK 9 November 2008 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 25 January 2009 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • France 28 January 2009 (Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival)
  • Germany 8 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Hungary 26 March 2009 (Titanic International Filmpresence Festival)
  • Netherlands 21 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • UK 2 May 2009 (Dead by Dawn Edinburgh Horror Film Festival)
  • France 18 May 2009 (Cannes Film Market)
  • Czech Republic 12 August 2009 (Fresh Film Fest)
  • Finland 25 August 2009 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Portugal 4 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
  • Finland 21 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Greece 25 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Finland 22 October 2009 (Iik!! Horror Film Festival)
  • Sweden 25 October 2009
  • Netherlands 28 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 10 March 2011 (TV premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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