Archive of films Tall Man / Pitkä mies

2010, 19 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2011

Director Jani Peltonen uses unique archive footage to present the case of Väinö Myllyrinne, a 2.5-metre-tall giant from Käpylä and Finland’s first international celebrity. The film also points to human obsession with anything that deviates in any way from the norm.


Finland’s first international celebrity was known as the Käpylä Giant. With a height of 2.5 metres, Väinö Myllyrinne simply couldn’t be ignored. In archive footage from the 1930s we see him holding an industrial hammer, riding a specially adapted bicycle, and shaking hands with various politicians, and also with Charlie Chaplin. Today, an exact model of him is on display in a Finnish supermarket. Using a melancholic soundtrack to set the mood, director Jani Peltonen points to human obsession with anything that deviates in any way from the norm.

About the director

Jani Peltonen

Jani Peltonen (b. 1981, Järvenpää, Finland) studied film and television at Lahti University’s Institute of Design, and since that time has been working in various branches of the Finnish film industry. His debut The Great Mill (Suuri mylly, 2008) was part of his diploma work, and he presented the film at the international film festivals in Helsinki, Bratislava, Lahti, Pristina, and Pärnu. His latest film, A Tall Man, is screening at Karlovy Vary this year, and was also selected for the Short and Documentary Film Festival in Helsinki.


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About the film


Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Jani Peltonen
Screenplay: Jani Peltonen
Dir. of Photography: Heikki Färm
Music: Pietu Korhonen
Editor: Okku Nuutilainen
Producer: Sami Jahnukainen
Production: Mouka filmi
Contact: Mouka filmi


Jani Peltonen

Film Director

Pietu Korhonen

Film Crew


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