In English

Mercy all the Way (orig. Säälistäjät)
30 min, Finland, 2014
Comical Satire

written by: Hannaleena Hauru and Tanja Heinänen

“An absurd byproduct of mass murders perpetrated in Finland over the last several years has been public discussion where lack of female companionship (in the carnal sense) was named as a potential prime catalyst and responsibility for the murders placed squarely on young women. Mercy All the Way takes a satirical hammer to this discussion. The movie’s black humor makes you laugh out loud, but at times the humor will just make you choke.
In the movie some older women working at the employment office have started to covertly offer pity sex to young men who seem to be under threat of becoming marginalized in order to prevent any future mass murders. Everything’s going swimmingly and some younger reserves have been recruited, too. When middle-aged Mirja, who is very dedicated to her job, is given the pleasant-smelling but slothful Marko as a client, events take a surprising turn and chaos ensues.”

text: KATI HURME (TRANSLATION BY ARTTU TOLONEN)
From Lens Politica Festival catalogue

Cast:

Mirja…………….Tanja Heinänen
Marko…………….Mikael Karkkonen
Anna…………….Misa Palander
Angelica…………….Alina Tomnikov
Aku-Nuutti…………….Johannes Mäkinen
Iida…………….Leena Nuora
Pirjo…………….Tiia Honkanen
Päivikki…………….Kikka Rytkönen
Sossu-Leena…………….Niina Hosiasluoma
Jarkki…………….Aapo Puusti
Kake…………….Rainer Kaunisto
Myymäläpäällikkö…………….Juha Mäkinen

Written by…………….Hannaleena Hauru ja Tanja Heinänen
Director…………….Hannaleena Hauru
Cinematography…………….Jan-Niclas Jansson
Editor…………….Jenny Tervakari
Sound Design…………….Cedric Le Doré
Composer…………….Lauri Wuolio, Aleksi Ranta
Assistant Director…………….Katri Myllyniemi
Casting…………….Anastasia Lobkovski, Katri Myllyniemi
Dramaturg…………….Tarja Kylmä
Production managers…………….Jussi Rantamäki, Emilia Haukka, Maria Lappalainen, Riitta Ryhtä
Post production manager…………….Ilona Tolmunen / MADE
Sound recordist…………….Sami Salminen
Scritp supervisor…………….Emilia Haukka
Camera assistant…………….Anu Kopra
2.Camera assistant…………….Ben Murray
Editing assistant…………….Hilla Julkunen
Online editing…………….James Post / Eetu Niininen
Assistant for the assistant director…………….Jenni Kangasniemi
Costumes…………….Hannaleena Hauru, Aino Havu
Costume assistants…………….Raisa Kinnunen, Marika Hyvärinen
Set organiser…………….Vappu Tuomisto
Still images…………….Anastasia Lobkovski, Lasse Lecklin
Graphic design…………….Atte Karttunen
Runners…………….Joonas Schwanck, Samu Reijonen
Catering…………….Oona Sundblad, Veera Lipasti, Vilja Autiokyrö
Pyrotechnician…………….Klaus Klemola
Steadicam…………….Sami Harjunen
Gaffer…………….Henri Jaaksola
Lighting technicians…………….Janne Holopainen, Ilja Rautsi, Ilkka Levä
3.assistant director…………….Henriikka Hemmi
Driver for the hot dog stand…………….J-P Passi

Extras…………….Eeva Alvarado, Niko Alajoki, Kateryna Zinovieva, Miloš Đurić, Synes Elischka, Marika Hyvärinen, Lauri Metsola, Ari Kiiveri, Henriikka Hemmi, Ilja Rautsi, Peter Eriksson, Karri Koskenkorva, Arto Malmberg, Tuomas Aho, Reijo Nuutinen, Joel Lepistö, Ilkka Levä, Niklas Piiroinen, Kimi Vilkkula, Karri Komsi, Oliver Kollberg, Ismo Innamo, Anna Vaihinen, Miika Vaihinen, Lilli Vaihinen, Lenni Vaihinen, Roni Kaunisto, Anne Autiolahtu, Outi Lilljegren, Tuovi Vahtera, Antti Haikkala, Diego Salvador, Petri Korhonen, Jorma Kaulanen, Johannes Vartola, Joshua Pierce Maddelsen, Sakari Oka, Aapo Juusti, Henri Walter Rehström, Atte Olsonen, Robert Brotherus, Sami Mauro, Jonathan Silfver, Tuomo Rämö, Joel Härkönen, Marko Löllö, Topi Marin, Joona Kivirinta, Eppu-Elmeri Toivoniemi, Tom Liljemark, Tuomas Haukka, Valtteri Virtanen, Eero Salminen, Tero Peltoniemi, Okko Oinonen, Valo Sauri, Harri Suokas, Heikki Räisänen, Aaro Huhtala, Joonas Kesälahti, Jani Miettinen, Mikko Itäsalo, Jussi Rantamäki, Juha Mäkinen, Lauri Käkelä, Elias Helander, Arvo Valtonen, Anita Puonti, Maarit Pellikka, Timo Simpura, Jussi Lankoski, Inka Haapamäki, Ben Murray, Harri Ala-reinikka, Mika Karhu, Ilias Myllyniemi

Producers………….Hannaleena Hauru, Jan-Niclas Jansson
Executive producer………….Ulla Simonen / MADE,
Production company…………….MADE 2014, Finland

In association with:
YLE / Sari Volanen
Optipari Oy
Euphoria Borealis ry / Kino Euphoria
P. Mutasen Elokuvakonepaja
Valofirma Cine Light Rental Oy
Tarasow Films
Lens Politica

Funding:

The film was shot in summer 2014 as an independent production with the help of the crowfunders, the crew that was working pro bono, and our associate sponsors. Public funding from YLE and the Finnish Film Foundation was confirmed in autumn 2014.

Production Support:

Finnish Film Foundation / Joona Louhivuori

Special thanks:

Helena ja Osmo Koivisto / Ravintola Harlekiini, Kristiina ja Tomi Hauru, Idän piste, Anu
Kaaja, Leena Lahikainen, Jaakko Kiljunen, Elli Toivoniemi, Robert Helin, Jari Peltola, Irmeli Ryhtä, Sini Järnström, Anna Haukka, Markus Tenhu, Christian Lehtinen, Cecile Lehtinen, Into Hiltunen / Punainen Vaara Productions, avustajat.fi, Itäkeskusken Toyota, Suomen taksiliitto, EuroSec Oy / Jouni Hirvonen, Espoon-Kirkkonummen Taksit ry, Kansallisteatteri, Balansia Films / Ville Vierikko, Merja Vidgren ja Rajeev Kumar, Leena Kemppi, Aki Viren, Juha Turunen, Arvo Valtonen, Jouni Kortesato, Juuso Liukkonen, Special Film Company, Camident Oy, Marja-Liisa Myllyniemi & Osmo Riikonen, Ari Kiiveri.

Thank you also to everybody else who helped in the production.

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