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DIRECTOR'S WORD

The message of the film is humane tolerance.
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The Subtenant (Kummeli Alivuokralainen) is based on a successful play written for the Tampere Theatre by Timo Kahilainen and Heikki Vihinen.
From the director's viewpoint the greatest challenge was to be able to tell this exuberant story in the language of cinema and make it into an independent work.
The first step in this process was naturally to adapt the play for the big screen; Timo Kahilainen and Heikki Vihinen did a great job in it. The script has multiple layers; it is rich, full of speed and incredibly visual.
Warm and sharp-sighted character building and witty and snappy dialogue familiar to the Kummeli-ryhmä, the comedians behind the successful Kummeli TV show, can be seen in the film as well.
The film has less of the farcical qualities of the play; the film is fast-paced, and the scenes are shorter. As a whole, the film looks more like a comedy. The performances of the actors were toned down quite a bit for the film. The message of the film is humane tolerance.

Kind Regards,
Matti Grönberg
Director

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