06-24 November 2019

DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS

DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS

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European Showcase
J.-P. Valkeapää

Finland

2019 / 105’ / Hawaii Premiere / Finnish

DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS
DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS

Emphatically, this is film is not like the saccharine Harlequin trite of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. It is not the real-world kink that is accurately portrayed in the unknown (dis)pleasures of the documentary KINK (HIFF 2013). What unspools in Finnish director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää's  latest film, is a story of loss, acceptance and moving on. 
The film opens with what seemingly looks like a person submerged in deep waters. It is a flashback of a horrible memory from Juha, a straight-laced surgeon, who fails to save his drowning wife during a family holiday by the lakeside. Fast forward a few years later, and the widower, who is raising his teenage daughter alone, has not gotten over losing his partner. Being the progressive parent, he escorts his daughter to a seedy part of town to get her tongue pierced. While waiting, he stumbles downstairs into a darkened room and is soon attacked by a leather-clad figure, who turns out to be Mona, a dominatrix, who mistakes him for her next client. Startled by the experience, he slowly realizes that the shock of the experience injects him with an exhilaration that he has not felt in years. Our protagonist soon jumps into the rabbit hole to find this new sensation again as he becomes a frequent visitor to Mona’s neon-red dungeon, requesting ever more intense strangulation until even she is unnerved by his apparent death wish. 
DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS (a phrase that is cleverly explained in the film) is, surprisingly, a touching black comedy, showcasing an alternative to the usual story about grief. Gradually carving out a tender, conflicted misfit romance from lurid beginnings, and eventually finding joy in some very dark corners, the film is not what you would expect. Aside from a particular scene reminiscent of MARATHON MAN, but without the “erotic oomph” one would get for that sort of thing, the film is relatively chaste for a BDSM-infused story. It is a universal story of unremarkable people who find belonging when the lights go out, the leather is strapped on, and the trance music blares on. It may not be FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, but it could be the alternative normal for individuals looking for a way out of the abyss. 

 -Anderson Le

Screenings
Sunday 10 20:30 - 22:20Regal Dole Cannery 13
Wednesday 13 21:00 - 22:50Regal Dole Cannery 16
DirectorJ.-P. Valkeapää.
CastOona Airola, Iiris Anttila, Antons Baronskis, Armands Bergis and Amos Brotherus.
ScreenplayJuhana Lumme and J.-P. Valkeapää.
CinematographerPietari Peltola.
EditorMervi Junkkonen.
SoundVerners Biters.

Aleksi Bardy ... producer
Aija Berzina ... co-producer
Alise Gelze ... co-producer
Madara Kalnina ... line producer
Dome Karukoski ... executive producer
Andrea Reuter ... executive producer
Tia Ståhlberg ... executive producer
Annika Sucksdorff ... executive producer
Martti Tervo ... line producer
Helen Vinogradov ... producer

Edgars Doma ... boom operator
Ville Jussila ... assistant sound editor
Julius Jäppinen ... sound editor
Anssi Kainulainen ... sound editor
Jan Kosulic ... sound recordist
Tapio Liukkonen ... foley artist
Micke Nyström ... mixer / sound designer / trailer sound editor
Olli Pärnänen ... mixer
Ondrej Urban ... music mixer

Casting By
Dace Jokste
Anastasia Lobkovski


Production Design by
Kaisa Mäkinen


Costume Design by
Sari Suominen


Makeup Department
Aija Beata Besaraba ... makeup artist
Aija Beata Rjabovska ... makeup artist
Ieva Sebre ... assistant makeup artist
Anete Sidlovska ... assistant makeup artist


Production Management
Pilvi Burman ... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Flame Hel ... third assistant director
Kristaps Krumins ... third assistant director
Laura Melke ... first assistant director
Katrina Tomasicka ... third assistant director
Gatis Ungurs ... second assistant director


Art Department
Maris Bocs ... special props
Laura Dislere ... assistant production designer
Ralfs Davids Dzonsons ... stand-by set constructor
Anete Eglite ... set dresser
Gints Gabrans ... set constructor
Zanda Landrate ... props buyer
Janis Libarts ... graphic set designer
Normunds Lindemanis ... set constructor
Oskars Madernieks ... set constructor
Normunds Mukstins ... set constructor
Nauris Stalazs ... property master
Hermanni Suppanen ... graphic designer

Sound 

Edgars Doma ... boom operator
Ville Jussila ... assistant sound editor
Julius Jäppinen ... sound editor
Anssi Kainulainen ... sound editor
Jan Kosulic ... sound recordist
Tapio Liukkonen ... foley artist
Micke Nyström ... mixer / sound designer / trailer sound editor
Olli Pärnänen ... mixer
Ondrej Urban ... music mixer


Special Effects by
Kaspars Anusevics ... special effects technician
Mareks Gureckis ... special effects technician
Jari Hakala ... special effects
Janis Jakuss Kreituss ... special effects
Sampo Siren ... special effects
Stunts


Lauris Akmentins ... stunt double: Juha
Karlina Ansviesule ... stunt double: Elli
Ricards Ansviesulis ... stunt double: Jose
Beata Grickevica ... stunt double: Wife
Artem Grigoryev ... stunt coordinator
Reijo Kontio ... stunt coordinator
Valerijs Kovalenko ... stunt double: Juha
Roman Neso Laupmaa ... stunt coordinator
Juulija Marjevica ... stunt double: Wife
Aleksejs Potapenko ... stunt double: Juha


Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Dastych ... key grip
Ando Demme ... grip assistant
Kristaps Dombrovskis ... lighting technician
Andris Gilucs ... best boy
Reinis Janson ... lighting technician
Nikita Karpovs ... lighting technician
Zahars Kovalevskis ... DIT
Andris Kudors ... lighting technician
Teemu Liakka ... underwater cinematography
Sergey Manto ... DIT
Marika Sengelija ... video assistant
Peteris Skujins ... gaffer
Rihards Skujins ... lighting technician
Deniss Sorogins ... first assistant camera
Ivars Trautmanis ... second assistant camera
Janis Zeidaks ... lighting technician


Casting Department
Madara Sulce ... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elina Bertule ... assistant costume designer
Liene Dobraja ... assistant costume designer
Julija Volkinsteine ... assistant costume designer


Editorial Department
Petri Falkenberg ... colorist
Inka Lahti ... first assistant editor / teaser editor
Maarit Mononen ... post-production coordinator
Mikko Savinainen ... post-production producer / trailer editor
Sampo Siren ... on-line editor
Leo Suonikko ... on-line editor


Location Management
Karlis Balodis ... location assistant
Ingrida Nagle ... location manager
Zane Strobindere ... location coordinator


Transportation Department
Arnis Aparnieks ... driver
Raimonds Firers ... driver
Aigars Grislitis ... driver
Marks Guseinovs ... transportation coordinator
Juris Jugs ... driver
Dainis Silis ... driver
Genadijs Stefanovics ... trailer driver
Normunds Videnieks ... driver
Other crew
Zenta Abola ... caterer
Artem Agadzhanyan ... consultant
Svetlana Babahina ... nurse
Kristians Barakauskis ... runner
Janis Birkis ... caterer
Emils Dakis ... runner
Gabriela Garavet ... production assistant
Janis Grote ... diver
Salla Hakanpää ... diving trainer
Tomas Haloun ... diving trainer
Flame Hel ... consultant
Danny Holman ... in association
Ari Ilola ... diver
Valdis Irists ... swimming pool lighting
Inga Jerzjukova ... production coordinator
Sanni Juhela ... production assistant
Inita Korenika ... caterer
Jakub Kostal ... coordinator
Sanna Langinkoski ... production coordinator
Ville Leskinen ... diving trainer / safety diver
Vita Logina ... nurse
Heikki Malmberg ... drum teacher
Ian Malviluoto ... production accountant
Maarit Mononen ... production office manager
Maiju Niemelä ... script supervisor
Ivo Noviks ... swimming pool lighting
Timo Puolitaipale ... Script Translator
Darta Putnina ... production assistant
Ints Putnins ... medical consultant
Mikko Pöntinen ... diving trainer
Timo Pöntinen ... diving trainer
Suvi Rantala ... production accountant
Marita Riba ... animal trainer
Daiga Romule ... caterer
Elina Simone ... caterer
Vratislav Slajer ... in association
Sanna Särkiniemi ... production accountant
Elina Tomberga ... consultant
Tadeás Trojánek ... coordinator
Petri Tuomainen ... controller
Valtiatar Villi-Ira ... consultant
Edgars Vitols ... runner
Gunta Vlasenko ... consultant
Armands Zeps ... caterer
Agne Zoboviene ... animal trainer

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