Compartment No. 6: Juho Kuosmanen’s Melancholy Arctic Road Movie (Cannes Film Fest 2021, Winner)

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Arctic road movie, Compartment No. 6,  portrays an archeology enthusiast and a brusque Russian miner sharing a second-class cabin on a long train trip after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has acquired multi-territory rights, including North America, for Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Palme D’Or contender, Compartment No. 6, after its debut in Cannes.

Inspired by the novel Compartment No. 6 by Rosa Liksom, the script was written by Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman and Kuosmanen.

The film stars Seidi Haarla (Force of HabitLove & Order) and Yuriy Borisov (Petrov’s Flu).

The story revolves around a young Finnish woman, who escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk after the fall of the Soviet Union.

During the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a larger than life Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face all of kinds of truths about human connection.

Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 follows his Cannes award-winning debut, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Taking its title from the confined second class sleeping car on train from Moscow to the Arctic port city of Murmansk, this melancholic drama offers insights into human solitude and connection.

Compartment No. 6 is a great and original train movie, a tale laced with humor and romance, and full of surprises.