This is what led me to the idea of making KARAOKE PARADISE. I see myself in the characters of the film. Like me, they want to express themselves and be accepted as who they are, despite their shortcomings. Even though their lives and destinies might be different from mine, I can recognise their struggles and hardships, but also their love and compassion. In the film, karaoke helps each character to realise who they are, what is missing and what makes them happy. I want the audience to join on this journey with the characters.
I must admit, when I started the film, I found myself snickering: “Finnish karaoke, is it going to be a quirky film about weird people, who get drunk and sing bad?” But only after spending time with numerous karaoke-lovers from all across Finland, I found out that Finnish karaoke is nothing like the cliché I had heard of. To my surprise, I opened a door to an incredible community, or more like a family, where everyone is welcome no matter their age or social class. There, in the safe corner of karaoke, people support each other, listening and sharing life’s experiences through music. Of course, Finnish karaoke is often quirky and funny, but people laugh at themselves, not at others. The process of making this film has showed me, that karaoke is really about celebrating the fact that tonight, right now, we are alive and together as humans. It makes us want to sing.
2022 - KARAOKE PARADISE, Documentary
2019 - CROSS COUNTRY, Documentary
2016 - MY FATHER FROM SIRIUS, Documentary
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Einari Paakkanen
Written by: Einari Paakkanen
Produced by: Marianne Mäkelä
Cinematography: Marita Hällfors
Editing: Antti Reikko, Einari Paakkanen
Sound: Pietu Korhonen
Visual Effects: Teemu Pitkänen
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2022