22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


Finland, 2022: 91 minutes: Alberta Premiere
Archives 2023
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sat, Apr 22 7:45 PM Buy


When an ex-soldier who discovers gold in the Lapland wilderness tries to take the loot into the city, Nazi soldiers led by a brutal SS officer battle him in this highly-anticipated B-movie.

Set in 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.

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Jalmari Helander is a filmmaker that specializes in action and genre films with a Finnish twist. His debut feature RARE EXPORTS (2010), a dark and humorous look at the beloved Santa Claus, was an international success, winning the Variety Piazza Grande award in Locarno and the Best Motion Picture and Best Director awards in Sitges. His second action adveture feature BIG GAME (2014) starred Samuel L. Jackson.

press for Sisu

"SISU feels like a gritty actioner of yesteryear but with a modern sense of style. It’s a wild ride that begs to be seen with an energized crowd."
- Bloody Disgusting
"A splashy popcorn action piece unconcerned with credibility, pushing well-worn ideas to outlandish, and outrageously entertaining, ends."
- Variety

screened with a short film


They Call It... Red Cemetery!


Narrative / Action / War

Finnish | English Subtitles
91 minutes


Jalmari Helander

Executive Producers
Mike Goodridge
Gregory Ouanhon
Antonio Salas

Petri Jokiranta

Jalmari Helander

Kjell Lagerroos

Jorma Tommila
Aksel Hennie
Jack Doolan
Mimosa Willamo


Presenting Partner