National Competition 6: Then the Times, They Changed

The Tavastia club history does not lack plot twists, surprising details and, of course, music. Antti Kuivalainen’s film relies on unique archive footage and reflects changes in urban culture, Helsinki and the whole of Finland. After the screening there will be Q&A with the director.

Language: Eng, FinDuration: 74 min

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THEN THE TIMES, THEY CHANGED

Antti Kuivalainen | Finland 2022 | Documentary | 74 min

When Tavastia Club was opened in the heart of Helsinki in the autumn of 1970, the music at Tavastia student house changed from traditional Finnish tango and waltz to rock. For promotional purposes, Jussi Raittinen wrote and recorded Tavastia Rock, a song to the tune of Crocodile Rock. According to the lyrics, rock has played in Tavastia through changing times, through the waves of Finnish Rock, disco boom and continental and Finnish music hypes. Even the Covid 19 pandemic did not stop Tavastia, despite all the difficulties it caused, like cancelling the anniversary year celebrations. The club has become an institution of Finnish rock, where “everyone” has started their career or at least performed. The club history does not lack plot twists, surprising details and, of course, music. The film relies on unique archive footage and reflects changes in urban culture, Helsinki and the whole of Finland.

 

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