Sunday, June 17, 2012
At AFI Silverdocs: Jukka Kärkkäinen's & J-P Passi's crockbuster THE PUNK SYNDROME
THE PUNK SYNDROME,(Kovasikajuttu in the original Finnish) a new film from Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi that has its U.S. premiere this coming week at the AFI Silverdocs festival.
OK: Punk bands are new to neither narrative nor documentary filmmaking. But this punk band? Decidedly. Our four fellows -- above, from left to right: Kari, Pertti, Sami and Toni -- are mentally and even, I think you could argue, physically disabled by Down Syndrome and other disabilities. And yet they make music (not being a fan of punk rock, I wouldn't quite call it that). But, hell -- they're as good as a lot of other skunk punk that I've encountered. Really, they don't sound half-bad, at least when the two elders in the group (Kari and Pertti, below) can remember how many choruses and verses there are in a particular song.
At Silverdocs, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 19,
at 10:45pm in the AFI Silver Theatre 3;
on Wednesday, June 20, it will be shown
at 4:45pm in AFI Silver Theatre 1.
Co-director J-P Passi will be present at both screenings.