International premiere

Hit Big

Local title
Suur noos
Title in Russian
Крупная добыча
Original title
Hetki lyö
Director
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Country
Finland, Estonia
Year
2022
Programme
Official Selection - Competition
Genre
comedy, crime drama
Subject
family relations, alcoholism, partying, lifestyle

Ding-Dong! Buenas noches, cockroaches! After two films in Venice (“The Visitor” and “They Have Escaped”) and one Cannes premiere (“Dogs Don't Wear Pants”), the craziest Finn JP Valkeapää returns to scare the shit out of you. Darkly atmospheric, absurdly odd, creepily romantic, darklyy funny crime-caper comedy against any genre rules, expectations or instincts, magnificently lensed and photographed by Estonian DoP Meelis Veeremets. One of the films that are so stunning, dirty, thrilling, controversial that they are difficult and disgusting to watch, but even harder to forget or abandon.

A couple of Finnish scums have found what to drink, smoke and fuck in sunny Costa del Sol, a land of cheap alcohol. But their pockets are out of dineros and the demanding Albanian mafia threatens to do away with them. Blissfully happy evening hours with heavy drinks and pizzas, and cold white wine served for splendid breakfasts in a bar called Bella, managed by Marjaleena, Miss Finland’s 2nd princess from decades ago, who was a disco beauty back in the day but whose best years are now long gone in booze. For her, Bella is not just a bar, but a way of life.

Her ex-husband Worm, whom Marjaleena utterly hates, is released from prison and decides to evict the ever-partying buddies. His lawyer Jormanainen offers to pay her a monthly allowance, but Marjaleena proudly refuses to return to Finland. Mikko, who has entirely succumbed to the alcohol demon, notices a van full of money parked in Worm’s garage under the beloved Bella. For 20 years, they have been too blind to spot Worm’s hidden loot. Wholly drunk, wasted and betrayed, Marjaleena stages and unbelievable heist with her adult son Vili and useless Mikko. The trio of wannabe gangsters have nothing to lose, just like Jackie Brown, so they kidnap Worm’s sluttily dressed lover Ninja.

They have no idea what a horrible, nasty, merciless, religious and violent puta mierda torture awaits them. This will not be just wine and sausages you can steal from Swedes and peacefully fraudulent melomaniac Albanians. Vamos a la playa! You will not regret!

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Screenwriter
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Cast
Outi Mäenpää, Ilkka Heiskanen, Johannes Holopainen, Pääru Oja, Jukka-Pekka Palo, Jari Pehkonen
Producer
Daniel Kuitunen
DoP
Meelis Veeremets
Editor
Mervi Junkkonen
Composer
Stefan Pasborg
Production
Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta Oy, Stellar Film
World sales
Charades
Runtime
Language
Spanish, English, Finnish, Albanian
Subtitles
Estonian, English, Russian
Director
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

Filmograafia Muukalainen (Külaline, PÖFF 2008), He ovat paenneet (Nad on põgenenud, PÖFF 2014), Koirat eivät käytä housuja (Koerad ei kanna pükse, 2019), Hetki lyö (Big Hit, 2022)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn

Screenings

Chill-Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening080103 / Suur noos
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Q&A guestsJukka-Pekka Valkeapää (Film Director), Daniel Kuitunen (Producer), Ikka Heiskanen (Actor), Pääru Oja (Actor)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening092104 / Suur noos
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Screening duration
2nd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening141103 / Suur noos
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker