The Woodcutter Story

by Mikko Myllylahti

Next Step 2018

FINLAND

Feature Film

Mikko is currently finishing writing his first feature, The Woodcutter Story, which he developed at the TorinoFilmLab. An open-air mine appears in an idyllic village in the north of Finland. From then on, a series of terrible events affect the life of Pepe, a thoroughly nice and cheerful woodcutter. Despite adversity, nothing seems to dampen his spirits. It is as if he held a precious secret about the beauty of life. In this tormented village, the inhabitants seem to have lost hope in the future. Jakko, a psychic who can speak to the beyond, suddenly appears to deliver a mysterious message. A fierce struggle between hope and desolation will prove a tough challenge for Pepe’s optimism and willpower…
With this metaphorical fable and its dark humour, Mikko questions the power of hope as a defence against obscurantism. An appeal to return to humanism, simplicity and nature.