Synopsis: As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Antti-Jussi Annila
Production: IFC Films
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
83 min

A 25 year war between

Finland and Russia is over

The new border was to be marked

by two separate commissions

The first commission headed North

Their mission was to meet up with

the other commission far North -

by the Kiertm River

They never

made it there

Border Agreement

...we can be forgiven...


Seventy-three what?

He had an axe stashed!

That's what this peace

f***ing does!

Handmaiden to the Russkies!

I'll kill him again.

He would have taken you out next.

There are people coming.

from the direction of Kaatamo.

I saw fires up on the hills.

Go tell the men on the shore

we're in a hurry.


I locked the girl in the cellar.

I'll take care of her.

I'll let her out. goddamnit.

Now go to the shore!

Once there was a king who wanted to

build a new capital for his kingdom.

His architect asked him what

he wanted for building material.

The king suggested gold.

But the architect said there wasn't

enough gold in the world.

And told him that they should

build the king's new city of -


The King was stunned.

He asked. what is filth?

The architect answered -

that filth is the mark

that is left -

when two things touch

on each other.

It's the very proof that the things

have touched one and other.

And so in fact filth

is the material -

that all our memories are made of.

The king admitted that he had

never heard of such -

a unique and fine material.

And so he gave

the architect permission -

to build the city as he saw fit.

So the architect began his work.

- What was the name of the city?

What was your hometown?

Bandits! An ambush!

There are no Lithuanians

this far north.

These are something much worse.

Shall we proceed?

- You gentlemen are early.

Didn't your new citizens give you

a warm enough welcome? - Shut up.

Are your peasants ready?

Peasant Ondrei Suurinen?

Do your swear on your poor soul...

Do you swear...

Come back... pledge your soul

to this boundary mark -

so that the rulers of Sweden

and Russia can trust your oath?

Give it.

Let's move. We have to stop at the

edge of the big swamp anyway.

Something chasing you?

- Homesickness. What about you?

Semensky wants to find

a plant or animal -

that would be named after him.

I promised to take a look at

his catch for the day.

Don't get too friendly

with Semensky.

He's more dangerous than he looks.

Russian tea. Taste it.

They're offering me a post

at the University of Stockholm.

Are you angry?

- Are you?

Because I brought you here?

For nothing.

If you're still planning

to return to Sweden.

If I want to get that

geography professor's post -

I need something new to show.

The only uncharted place

in this country is right here.

After this journey I can present

a map to His Majesty -

of the entire kingdom

that God has placed him to rule.

It takes about two days

to cross the big swamp.

Captain Musko says that he has

never seen maps as beautiful -

as the ones by the younger Spore.

We know that this swamp

is unpopulated.

I suggest

we mark the border to cross -

through the middle of the swamp.

And we just go around it.

We have clear orders -

to mark the border in the ground

one mile apart as per the decree.

Does it really matter out here?

If you're in such a hurry to get

back to your estate to degenerate -

shall we just agree that the swamp

belongs to Sweden?

And mark it together

from the eastern side?

Even Semensky understood

that he has to -

get his fancy boots a little dirty.

Suits us fine.

If the men from Kaatamo

are after us -

they will follow the horses

around the swamp.

Take the horses and supplies

to wait for us at Pivkivi.

We'll meet within two days' time.

Come back...

God damn! I used to be

perfectly at home everywhere.

Until you brought those

f***ing glasses from Stockholm.

You don't have to wear them.

Too late for hindsight.

My self-reliance is gone.

If I didn't hear your voice.

I couldn't even tell it was you.

It's me.

The father lives alone

with his daughter?

Wonder what happened to the wife?

What used to be on the rack?

- Can't remember.

The people here must be excited?

The village has been

taken back from the Russkies.

All that war wasn't for nothing.

- Yes.

Our host may not remember. but

I figured out what this rack is for.

Religion is everyone's own business.

But the interest of the State isn't.

What else have you hidden

besides the icons?

We have nothing else left.

Erik. if this is all they have... - I

know these half-Karelian bastards.

And their total lack of gratitude.


Ever since I was 16.

I've been fighting this war -

which has been called off

as too gruesome.

So I swear. your girl wouldn't be

the most innocent victim of mine.

Where are your winter supplies?


You're lying.

You'll get a receipt for the food

the commission has impounded.

If you have such rights. they were

given to you by the Devil himself.

See if there's anything else.

Why must the girl stay here?

You served us food a man wouldn't

even touch with his ass.

I apologize to you gentlemen.

- We're not gentlemen.

Luckily we know how

to take what is ours.

The assignment that brought us to

your home has been a long one.

All the men are tired and hungry.

Everybody is waiting

for this to be over.

All far away from home.

No one as far away as I am.


My brother is in an unpredictable

mood. You'd better stay here.

No! Don't!

Don't leave me here! Come back!

You don't like water? You always

carry the sword when nearing water.

I doubt anyone likes water.

You and your brother

were born in Finland?

Ever seen a flower like this?

Sauna flower. very common.

Come back...

Fire. Doesn't it also purge?

Almost anything.

What if Hell isn't a raging bonfire

under the earth?

What if it's just an unclean place

where God is absent.

A place and time behind God's back.

Stomach trouble?

I'm going.

- No. wait.

Let's go already!

Is that a human standing there?

I can't see that far.

I saw that farmer's daughter...

I think.

She's following us.

- That's not possible.

What did she say when she got out?

- Nothing at all.

Forget about them. No need

to feel sorry for those turncoats.

We have been wandering for

two days now. Are we lost?

The compass doesn't lie.

Maybe you people should've

waged war a little longer.

If you object to this border...

- Master Spore...

We would hardly mind.

You could've given

all of Russia to Sweden.

Then you'd finally have

church services -

that don't resemble

a cheap carnival.

Captain Musko!

- Oh. so he understands?

It did have eyes.

Scar tissue.

Look at its paws.

Why would any dog claw

its own eyes out?

The Captain is pissed -

since he never got to

prove his manliness in the war.

Oh. fear not. Even during peace

you get to gay around -

as long as you find

the right company.

But let me remind you that my

brother is not of that kind.

Captain Musko! Calm down!

Cavalry Master Spore -

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