The Tampere Film Festival and the Federation of Tampere Ev. Luth. Parishes will celebrate Finnish writer and social activist Minna Canth‘s 175th birthday on the International Women’s Day on 8th March. For the first time in the history of the Cathedral, a silent feature film with an organ accompaniment will be screened there. The Burglary will be accompanied by organist Esa Toivola. The screening is free of charge but the seats are limited so save the date and arrive early. Event will be streamed online by Aamulehti.

Minna Canth (1844–1897) was born in Tampere on 19 March 1844. An icon of Finnish literature, Canth spent her early childhood in Tampere and was the first Finnish female playwright. She was also a visionary journalist, a social critic and a proponent and forerunner of the women’s right movement. Minna Canth’s birthday, 19th March, was made a flag day in Finland in 2007. The same day is also celebrated as the day of equality.

Based on Minna Canth’s classic folk drama, the film adaptation of The Burglary was written by author and newspaper journalist Erkki Kivijärvi. He also served as the film’s assistant director and artistic supervisor. The Burglary was directed by the Helsinki-based Swedish Theatre’s main director at the time, Swedish Harry Roeck Hansen (1891–1959).

The Burglary premiered on 27 September 1926 in six different cities, including at the Scala cinema in Tampere. The Burglary was made into a beautifully restored and coloured anniversary edition “Film 100 years” by the National Audiovisual Institute in 1995.