In 2006 the band Lordi makes history and becomes the first Finnish act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. A huge crowd welcomes the band of monsters back home on the Market Square in Helsinki, and for a while Lordi can bask in national fame.
Soon the worm turns, though, and the public forgets the monsters, or tires of them. They are knee-deep in debt, and record sales refuse to soar. There are fewer and fewer gigs, and less and less money to pay off the debt.
The real Tomi Putaansuu – there’s not too many people who know who he is – stars the film. The little boy who loved E.T. never grew up, it seems. He stuck with making monsters and horror films far into his adulthood. Lordi and their masks and music are Putaansuu’s whole life. His mom is endearing too, proudly keeping track of her son’s career.
The film respects Lordi’s principle of never showing the band members’ faces directly or without the monster masks on. Behind them hide a genuine group passionately devoted to their work.
Text: Aura Pursiainen / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski
Director Antti Haase will be present at the screening.
- Name in Original Language: Monsterimies
- Director: Antti Haase
- Country: Finland
- Year: 2014
- Length: 85 min
- Age limit: S
- Cinematography: Antti Haase, Marita Hällfors
- Editing: Mikko Sippola
- Audio: Rune Hansen
- Music: Lordi, Håkon Gebhardt
- Production: Venla Hellsted / Illume Oy
- Kinopalatsi 6: Wednesday 28.1. at 21:00