Finland, Sweden


Naked Finnish men in saunas speak straight from the heart and, in the warmth of rusty stoves, cleanse themselves, both physically and mentally, towards the film's deeply emotional and unforgettable finale. The film travels through Finland joining men of all walks of life in many different saunas to let us hear their touching stories about love, death, birth, and friendship ─ about life. In all its simplicity the camera records the raw and rare beauty of landscapes, saunas and men in almost magical pictures. The presence of the characters and the depth of their emotion reaches a limit where it is almost intolerable for the viewer to watch. STEAM OF LIFE reveals the men's naked souls in an exceptionally intimate and poetic way.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Mika Hotakainen, Joonas Berghäll

Written by: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen

Produced by: Joonas Berghäll

Cinematography: Jani Kumpulainen, Heikki Färm

Editing: Timo Peltola

Nominations and Awards

  • European Documentary 2010