Compartment No. 6: Finnish Director Juho Kuosmanen’s Second Film

Juho Kuosmanen’s new film, Compartment No. 6, is set at the end of the 1990s.

Finnish student Laura travels from Moscow to Murmansk to see ancient rock paintings. Her only neighbor in the compartment is a miner named Ljoha, a gloomy unsociable type.

The long road through the snow brings them closer. Long railway. But Leha and Laura have something else in common, besides the coupe, which they are forced to share, both feel like strangers in this world.

Juho Kuosmanen (born 1979), the Finnish film director and screenwriter, graduated from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014.

His graduation film, “The Painting Sellers,” was nominated for five Finnish film Academy Awards. (set design, screenplay, best actress, best director, best film).

“The Painting Sellers” won the first prize in Cinéfondation in the 2010 Cannes Film Fest.

Kuosmanen worked as an actor in Leea Klemola’s arctic trilogy in Tampere Theatre in Kokkola and New Karleby.

Kuosmanen has also directed opera with conductors Sakari Oramo and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

His film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the top prize.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)
Compartment No. 6 (2021)