“The members of our band are four middle-aged, mentally handicapped men. The music is, of course, Finnish punk.” Sami Helle, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
The Punk Syndrome is a film about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, who all have intellectual disabilities, play their music with a lot of attitude and pride.
We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and experience strong emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit in the front on the tour bus. Then it’s time to make up and go talk to people in the audience and tell them how great their band is.
The Punk Syndrome is a film about the essence of punk as well as a story of people rebelling against the mainstream. The film has gotten numerous awards, such as Best TV Documentary at Prix Europa, Berlin, 2013 and Citizens’ Prize at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Tokyo, 2013.
English subtitles and free entrance.
The Punk Syndrome /Kovasikajuttu
(FI – 2012)
Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi
1h 25 min – Documentary