THE punk Syndrome - Kovasikajuttu

“This film tells about the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät… so it’s about one retard who sings punk and three retards who play punk. You should watch it and think about whether you should hate disabled people or love and respect them.”– Kari Aalto, Pertti Kurikan NimipäiväT

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The Punk Syndrome is a film about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, are mentally handicapped and they play their music with a lot of attitude and pride.

We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and experience strong emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit in the front on the tour bus. Then it’s time to make up and go talk to people in the audience and tell them how great their band is.

Their songs are about the problems in society as well as about things that they face in their everyday life: how going to the pedicurist sucks and the misery of living in a group home. The guys give piece of their mind to both politicians and people whose attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities need improvement.

The Punk Syndrome is a film about the essence of punk. It’s a story of handicapped people rebelling against the mainstream. This time you’re allowed to stare and wonder why they act the way they do. And you’ll fall in love with them as you watch how the most kick-ass punk band in Finland conquers the world.


- SXGLOBAL Audience Award, South by Southwest, Texas, USA, 2013

- Winner of the Prix Europa Best TV Documentary, Prix Europa, Berlin, Germany, 2013

- Winner of the Citizens' Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 2013

- Audience Award, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013

- Winner of Best Documentary Film and Best Editing, Jussi Awards, Helsinki, Finland, 2013

- Best Feature Length Documentary, Breaking Down Barriers – Disability Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, 2012

- Special Prize in Documentary Section, 2morrow Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, 2012

- Winner of the main prize in “Films on Art” Competition Programme, New Horizons, Wrocław, Poland, 2012

- Winner of the Special Jury Prize for the Most Innovative Feature Film, Visions du Réel Festival, Nyon, Switzerland, 2012

- Audience Award,  Finnish Premiere at Tampere Film Festival, 2012


Script: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, Sami Jahnukainen
Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi
Cinematography: J-P Passi
Editing: Riitta Poikselkä
Sound Recording: Antti Haikonen, Jukka Kärkkäinen
Dramaturgy: Magnus Gertten
Sound Design: Jørgen Bergsund
Sound Mix: Tormod Rignes
Colour: Grading Roberto Duarte
Graphic: Design Illusia Sarvas
Music: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
Additional Cinematography: Marianne Heikkinen
Additional Sound Recording: Peitu Korhonen, Kimmo Vänttinen
Stills Photography: Pekka Elomaa, Kalle Pajamaa
Production Manager: Katri Myllyniemi
Location Manager: Ville Toivanen
Editing Consultant: Mika Ronkainen
Assistant Editing: Illusia Sarvas
Additional Graphic Design: Laura Kiralfy
Translation: Aretta Vähälä, Rich Lyons, Kari Savonen, Apropos lingua, Tatu Henttonen
Producer: Sami Jahnukainen / Mouka Filmi
Co-Producers: Carsten Aanonsen / Indie Film, Magnus Gertten, Lennart Ström / Auto Images, Joakim Strand / Film i Skåne

Technical information

Production Company: Mouka Filmi
Financiers: Finnish Film Foundation, ESEK, LUSES, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Broadcasters: YLE, NRK, SVT
Distribution in Finland: Buena Vista International Finland
International Sales: AUTLOOK Filmsales
Production Year: 2012
Length: 85 min (TV version 55min)
Available screening formats: DCP, 35mm, HDcam, Digital Betacam, Blu-ray
Original language: Finnish
Subtitles available in: Swedish, English (in theatres in Finland: Swedish)
Premiere in cinemas in Finland: 4th May 2012


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