Original title Korso
Directed by Akseli Tuomivaara
Year of production 2014
Production country Finland
Starring Mikko Neuvonen, Iiro Panula, Niko Vakkuri, Richmond Ghansah, Iida Lampela, Petri Manninen
Written by Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi
Director of Photography Juice Huhtala
Production Design Antti Nikkinen
Costume Design Jouni Mervas
Make-up Design Pia Mikkonen
Editing Jussi Rautaniemi
Sound Design Karri Niinivaara
Composer Matti Pentikäinen
Music Supervisor Otso Kähönen
Producers Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff / Bufo
Co-producer Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films
20-year-old Markus dreams about becoming a streetball star in New York, but in reality he passes his time playing with his friends and hanging around the Korso suburb. His steady life takes a turn when his little sister Heta brings home her new boyfriend, Jojo, who is originally from Congo.
The self-assured sixth-former Jojo threatens Markus’ status as the only man in the family and laughs at his dreams. As Heta spends time with Jojo, she starts to see her brother with Jojo’s eyes: as a loser, who has dropped out of school, got stuck in the suburb, and who cannot get a grip of his life. The sex noises coming from Heta’s room certainly do not bring the siblings any closer.
In order to save his face, Markus ends up borrowing the travel money to New York from Murikka, a local crook. When the debts are due, Markus’ trust in himself is put to the test. In the end, Markus puts himself and his friends at stake in order to prove that his dream is everything but stupid.