The film that everyone was talking about at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the World War II action epic Sisu, has finally been released in theaters. Since its April 28th theater release, people can’t talk stop talking about the Finnish film that centers on a man you seriously don’t want to mess with.
During the last desperate days of WWII, a solitary prospector (Jorma Tommila) crosses paths with Nazis on a scorched-earth retreat in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover that they have just tangled with no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu”, this legendary ex-commando will embody what sisu means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. And no matter what the Nazis throw at him, the one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back – even if it means killing every last Nazi in his path.
We had the chance to chat with Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander on the Popeternative show all about Sisu and the rave reviews it has received. In our interview, Jalmari talks about his overall vision for the film, casting Jorma Tommila for the lead role, and much more. He also discusses his 2010 Christmas themed horror/fantasy/action film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.
Listen to the full interview with Jalmari below.
Sisu is currently playing in theaters.