Regissör: Teemu Nikki
Teemu Nikki was born in Finland in 1975. He is a self-educated filmmaker and a son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä. He has directed tens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos – and three feature films and two TV shows too. That makes him a genre-free, thus genre-enthusiastic director and storyteller. Teemu’s work has been shortlisted and awarded at e.g. Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, EurovisionCreative Days, Cannes Young Directors, CICFF, Tampere Film Festival, Popoli e Religioni Film Festival.
I grew up in a pig farm in the backwoods of Finland. Our farm wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, but we could see it from there.
My childhood’s best friend was a VHS-player. I spend most of my time watching movies or trying to get them on my hands. Before the internet it wasn’t easy to get films to where I lived.
My very first own copies were movies called First blood, Superman 3 and Hard times. I watched those over and over again. Maybe they have not been may the best films in the world, but I didn’t have that much of a choice. Now when I think about it, Charles Bronson ?s character in Hard Times is a bit like Matti Onnismaa’s character in Euthanizer. Both of the guys are considered old, they only talk when they have something to say and they both wear a cool hat.
I was into 70’s and 80’s genre films. I watched everything I could get my hands on. Especially I loved John Carpenter’s films, and still do. Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry was one of the films that I probably watched when I was little bit too young. It fascinated me. In the beginning the main characther is a cool hero, but in the end he turns out to be as insane as the bad guy. I even remember feeling sorry for the serial killer in the film. He was clearly mentally ill and irresponsible for his actions. I never thought Harry’s killings were justified. That’s why I think Euthanizer is a Dirty Harry with animals.