Napoleon and I

Two old friends revisit the filmmaking hobby of their youth – only to find out that there’s a deeply forgotten discovery to be made in one of the film reels.

  • Kari Paananen
    The Shoemaker 2004, Devil's Fist (Pirunnyrkissä) 2006, Going to Work 2010
  • Kari Paananen
  • Kari Paananen
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Napoleon ja minä
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2015
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    Digital, Super8
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  • Kinos Film Festival
    Lahti, Finland
    March 29, 2015
  • Doc Lounge
    Turku, Finland
    May 7, 2015
  • Blue Sea Film Festival
    Rauma, Finland
    August 21, 2015
    Jouko Nummela Award, Best Documentary Film
  • Independent and Short Film Festival Film Front
    Novi Sad, Serbia
    October 31, 2015
  • Helsinki Short Film Festival - Helsingin lyhytelokuvafestivaali
    November 12, 2015
  • Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival 2015
    Tallinn, Estonia
    November 28, 2015
  • Artova Film Festival
    September 10, 2016
    Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award
Director Biography - Kari Paananen

Kari Paananen was born in 1967 in Vilppula, situated in Central Finland. His career in media started from a local radio station in Salo. Since 2005 he has worked as a freelance journalist mainly in documentary programmes in the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle. He’s had independent documentary side projects ever since. The latest one is Napoleon and I, a short documentary which takes him back to Vilppula.

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Director Statement

I'm interested in people, what makes them do the things they do. I also want to find out how they feel about what they're doing. I'm always looking for personal stories that are universal and not just a story of that particular person.