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From beyond the grave, my grandfather told me why I am alive today

20 years after the death of his grandfather, a grandchild finds an audio cassette in the attic of his grandparents house, on which the grandfather tells him how one small decision could have changed everything.

From beyond the grave, my grandfather told me why I am alive today is a documentary short film utilizing the means of stop-motion animation. In the film, the director's grandfather tells a horrific true story from the Battle of Tornio at the end of World War II. A story of how one decision made by one individual can affect later generations, not to mention hearing about it 20 years after the death of the individual.

  • Otso Alanko
  • Otso Alanko
  • Otso Alanko
  • Iisakki Kennilä
    Key Cast
  • Tuomo Marttinen
    Key Cast
  • Terhi Isokuortti
    Key Cast
  • Roosa Meletjeff
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ukki kertoi haudan takaa, miksi minä elän
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    War, Drama, Adventure, History
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Otso Alanko

Otso is in love with everything around the moving image and sometimes just the image. Directing and the story is close to his heart but he is not afraid to grab the camera and see the world through the lens. He got his master of arts degree from University of Lapland and has worked almost ten years in different commercials, music videos and film productions. Right now he is focusing to edit his 1st feature documentary.He is interested in share thoughts about the world and expand it. He wants to create with cool people, which are driven with the passion more than the talent. Punk music is his therapy. He thinks that Chaplin is the greatest artist of all time and football is the best sport.

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Director Statement

2014 Me and my family cleaned my grandparents´ attic. I noticed that there was a bunch of old c-cassettes. Most of them were just old church music or some classical tunes. But one c-cassette was like home recorded and there was somebody´s handwriting. The handwriting said: “To Heikki from memorable interview.” I asked from my family do they know about this cassette. They did not have any idea about it.

I got home and I had the cassette with me. I went to library to listen to it if there is something interested in it. I was surprised when I heard the cassette. It was my grandfather´s voice. Heikki who passed away 1994, when I was ten years old had recorded an interview about himself. I did not have so much memory about him but his voice sound kind a familiar. He told a lot of stories his childhood in Karelia, Finland. He told how he met my grandmother and a lot of the second world war. All the stories opened up a history of my family and all those stories were interesting to hear but this one war story was something special. On the cassette my grandfather told this story how he did this one important decision in the war, which saved his life. I was stunned. From beyond the grave, my grandfather told me why I am alive today. I felt that this is a miracle that I am here, my father is here and my family. I have to make film about this. There was no doubt about it.