The Unknown Soldier

There are stories that every generation should tell themselves.
The present does not erase history, but certain things fade away and are left in the background.

„The Unknown Soldier“ is an explosive war drama about a platoon of Finnish soldiers fighting the Soviets in the Second World War.

Based on the best-selling novel by Väinö Linna and drawing from the author’s own experiences, „The Unknown Soldier’s“ historical accuracy embraces the harsh realities of war–gritty and realistic, yet an unpolitical and humane account. The story revolves around a diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause. Warm humour, camaraderie, and basic survival instincts are requisite for them to retain their humanity on the excruciating journey to Russia and back again.

As a part of the Finland 100 Programme this war movie is the third that was filmed based on Väino Linna’s novel, published in 1954. Earlier „The Unknown Soldier“ has been made into a film twice – in 1955 (director Edvin Laine) and in 1985 (director Rauni Mollberg).