Eight Days to the Premiere (Leppä, 2007)

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Eight Days to the Premiere

8 päivää ensi-iltaan (Eight days to the premiere) is a Finnish film inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

According to Nely Keinanan’s research, the film has no global distribution and is only available in Finland. A few individual owners are selling their copies on Amazon.com; thank you Olwen Terris (Project Researcher, British Universities Film & Video Council) for the lead.

Director Perttu Leppä

8 päivää ensi-iltaan

8 päivää ensi-iltaan

Cast

Laura Birn – Vilma
Mikko Leppilampi – Lauri
Elina Knihtilä – BB, the set designer
Iina Kuustonen – Noora
Ada Kukkonen – Jenni, Vilma’s sister
Unto Helo – Ros
Timo Lavikainen – Gil
Jimi Pääkallo – Pää [Head] Antti Reini – Mats
Matti Onnismaa – Friar
Svante Martin – Theater Director
Outi Mäenpää – Paula, Vilma’s mother
Pekka Valkeejärvi – Risto, Vilma’s father
Mi Grönlund – Charlotta
Sara Paavolainen – Mame, Lauri’s mother

 

Plot

A theater group is putting on Romeo and Juliet. With only 8 days to the premiere, Noora, who is playing Juliet, is injured during rehearsals. Vilma, the prompter, is called upon to take her place. Vilma was previously a promising acting student, but she is still suffering from stage fright brought on by the death of her boyfriend in a car accident. After a disastrous beginning, Vilma and Lauri begin to fall in love both onstage and off, though Noora does everything she can to disrupt their relationship and get back onstage. Vilma is particularly frightened to play the final scene, as she still hasn’t gotten over her boyfriend’s death. But she finds unlikely support from Ros, Gil and Head, ghosts of actors who died in the theater.

 

Further Reading

Nely Keinanan, “What’s Global about Global Shakespeare? The Case of Perttu Leppä’s 8 päivää ensi-iltaan (8 Days to the Premiere).” Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association special issue on global Shakespeares, edited by Alexander Huang, Volume 9 Number 3 (September 2013), forthcoming.

 

Credit

Courtesy of SF-Film.

Film clips and description are provided by Professor Nely Keinanan, Department of English, University of Helsinki, Finland; nely.keinanen@helsinki.fi

Eight Days to the Premiere

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Opening rehearsal scene

Opening rehearsal scene. Play within a film

Opening rehearsal scene. Play within a film less

Rehearsal at Home

Vilma rehearsing at home to the admiration of her sister and the ghosts.

Vilma rehearsing at home to the admiration of her sister and the ghosts. less

Final Scene

Vilma overcomes her traumas and manages to finish the play Romeo and Juliet

Vilma overcomes her traumas and manages to finish the play Romeo and Juliet less

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