karaoke paraDiSe


Directed by: Einari Paakkanen

Evi has heart. As Finland’s most experienced and well-travelled karaoke hostess, she has dedicated herself to easing her customers’ various emotional pains. Time and again she packs up her karaoke gear and hits the road to towns sprinkled across the vast northern landscapes of Finland. In Einari Paakkanen’s intimate, insightful documentary, Evi’s personal journey is chronicled as it connects with the lives of ordinary Finns who pick up the microphone and sing their hearts out: Toni, the shyest guy in the world, utterly transforms when onstage; Kari searches for love and sings about it; Elina can hardly walk because of Parkinson’s but screams out punk songs; and Laura sings because talking is too painful. A charming portrait about the strange magical power of karaoke, Karaoke Paradise reveals that, thanks to Evi’s remarkable passion, some lucky Finns have found an inspired way out of their loneliness.


75 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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