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Superconductor: Concert Review: Finnish Tango Takes Manhattan

Superconductor: Concert Review: Finnish Tango Takes Manhattan | Finland | Scoop.it

In Finland, the tango caught on in the years following the Winter War with Russia. After fighting both Russian and German forces, the Finns needed a way to decompress. And they found it in slower versions of the tango, almost always in a sad minor key. The national obsession became a craze in the 1990s, with a yearly tango festival in the tiny town of Seinäjoki drawing thousands to dance and compete.

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Cineuropa - News - Production - Eurimages backs documentary on Finnish tango

Cineuropa - News - Production - Eurimages backs documentary on Finnish tango | Finland | Scoop.it
According to Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, it was Finnish sailors who brought tango to South America when they landed at Buenos Aires in the 19th century. "The Finns are only happy when they are unhappy," he explained. Now German director Vivianne Blumenschein has decided to find out whether he is right, filming three Argentine musicians researching Finnish tango in Cheek to Cheek - Argentines Discover the Finnish Tango.

Produced by Germany's Gebrueder Beetz with Finland's Illume and Sweden's Eden Film, the documentary, which includes interviews with Finnish tango masters Allan, Reijo Taipale and MA Numminen has received €90,000 from Eurimages.
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A tale of two tangos - thisisFINLAND: Life: Arts & entertainment

You wouldn’t expect Finland and Argentina to share much in common, separated as they are by an ocean, the equator and thousands of kilometres. But one film director is exploring the groove that unites both sides of the Atlantic: tango. http://fb.me/XGlU4uwU
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Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Culture

Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Culture | Finland | Scoop.it
The greatest moment of the entire evening was the joint performance of the Argentine and Finnish musicians that included for example La Cumparsita.
Only an audience of invited guests had the opportunity to enjoy one of the musical highlights of the entire summer, as the concert was held for the shooting of a documentary entitled Cheek to Cheek and directed by German Viviane Blumenschein.
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Finland Celebrates Summer with Tango - PRI's The World

Finland Celebrates Summer with Tango - PRI's The World | Finland | Scoop.it
As Justice Minister, I would say that tango and the tango festival is part of our basic rights as Finns. Tango made its way from Argentina to Finland in the 1930s...
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Doing the tango in Finland

Doing the tango in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
I had just landed in Helsinki, Finland, and the first Finn I met was none other than former Oilers great Jari Kurri. In a country as nuts about hockey as this one, it was quite a coup...
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