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Colorado Avenue
Year:  2007
Running Time:  120 minutes
Country:  Finland
Language:  Finnish with English subtitles
Genre:  Drama
Cast:  Birthe Wingren, Nicke Lignell, Andre Wikstrom, Ylva Ekblad, Peter Kanerva
Showtime:   Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 07:00 PM
Director:  Claes Olsson

Description:
  Colorado Avenue is an epic drama about Hanna a small girl, and her mother who are forced to leave their home on the island, Red Islet in Finnish Bothnia archipelago when Hanna's father is drowned at the sea. By the villagers they are treated as they were nothing worth, they are humiliated and ashamed. Hanna becomes a maid at the rich and powerful Smeds' house. She starts to save money to go to America. In 1895, at the age of 18, she travels to the United States and Colorado determined to make money in the Great West. Ten years later in 1905, Hanna returns to her home village Siklax with her son Otto and daughter Ida, and no husband. It looks as if the bad predictions of the villagers have been realized. But Hanna has a bag full of dollars.

With her American dollars she buys a parcel of stony land and opens a country store. The store becomes the village centre and the local people begin to respect the industrious Hanna - or Dollar-Hanna as they choose to call her. When Prohibition takes effect in 1919, the grown-up Otto starts his business career. Soon he turns into the King of liquor smuggling. Dollar-Hanna feels ashamed again. She cannot forgive Otto for his choosing the criminal path and taking away what she always wanted, the respect of the community.

The historical background of the events covers the decades when Finland became independent from Russia and the civil war that followed.


In Person: Claes Olsson (Director & Poducer) & Nicke Lignell (Actor)



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