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A Summer by the River

A Summer by the River theatrical release poster (Finnish)
Directed by Markku Pölönen
Produced by Kari Sara
Written by Markku Pölönen
Starring Pertti Koivula
Simo Kontio
Esko Nikkari
Anu Palevaara
Peter Franzén
Music by Vesa Mäkinen
Cinematography Kari Sohlberg
Editing by Jukka Nykänen
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date(s) February 9, 1998
Running time 85 min
Country Finland
Language Finnish
Budget FIM6,275,088

A Summer by the River (Finnish: Kuningasjätkä) is a 1998 Finnish film written and directed by Markku Pölönen. The film is set in the 1950s and tells the story of father Tenho (Pertti Koivula) and son Topi (Simo Kontio) after Tenho's wife — Topi's mother — dies and leaves the two men unable to pay rent. The two men move out of the family home and spend the summer working as lumberjacks, sleeping on the river bank and growing closer together through the experience.

The film was a major success at the 1999 Jussi Awards winning in five categories including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Direction.

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