Archive of films Compartment No. 6 / Hytti nro 6

Finland / Germany / Estonia / Russia
2021, 107 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

A Finnish student and a sullen, vodka-swilling Russian miner share a compartment on a train journey to Murmansk. In his highly unusual romantic comedy, Juho Kuosmanen shows profound understanding as he tells of our inherent need for closeness. The film enjoyed an enthusiastic reception at this year’s festival in Cannes, where it won the Grand Prix (ex aequo).


François Truffaut once stated that, “when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it’s just wonderful”. Juho Kuosmanen has undeniably succeeded in this respect, offering Cannes audiences a highly unusual romantic comedy. His story of a Finnish student and a sullen, vodka-swilling Russian miner who share a compartment on a train journey to Murmansk conveys a profound understanding of our inherent need for closeness. The focused direction, in flawless symbiosis with the masterful camerawork and deftly nuanced performances, unerringly leads to the depiction of a rare moment of affinity, a moment when we glimpse our own image in another human being. Grand Prix (ex aequo) in Cannes.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Juho Kuosmanen

Juho Kuosmanen (1979, Kokkola, Finland). Selected filmography: The Painting Sellers (Taulukauppiaat, 2010, medium-length), The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki​ (Hymyilevä mies, 2016), Compartment No. 6 (Hytti nro 6, 2021)​​​.​


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Screenplay: Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman, Juho Kuosmanen na motivy stejnojmenné knihy / inspired by the eponymous novel by Rosa Liksom
Dir. of Photography: J-P Passi
Editor: Jussi Rautaniemi
Art Director: Kari Kankaanpää
Producer: Jussi Rantamäki, Emilia Haukka
Production: Aamu Film Company
Coproduction: Achtung Panda!, Amrion Productions, CTB Film Company
Cast: Seidi Haarla, Yuriy Borisov
Sales: Totem Films
Contact: Sony Pictures Classics


Juho Kuosmanen

Film Director

Seidi Haarla



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