The Unknown Soldier
The Unknown Soldier, the story, the characters, their experiences and suffering are part of Finland’s national legacy – and part of the identity of the war generation and their children. It is a story we must not forget.
Aku Louhimies’ film The Unknown Soldier is a film about Finns: those who experienced the war and we who hope that we will never have to experience it. This is the third film adaptation of the classic novel by Väinö Linna, stemming from a need to reiterate the story to the younger generations in language and visuals that they can identify with. It is a vehicle for processing an experience that has united and divided generations. The aim is that as many Finns as possible can see the film on the big screen, together, as a collective experience.
Louhimies’ film is based on Väinö Linna’s two novels, The Unknown Soldier from 1954 and its unabridged and uncensored original version Sotaromaani (A War Novel) published in 2000.