MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

A music-laden, humorous cinema documentary, capturing the many comic and charming moments when musicians from two worlds come together.

Tango was born in Buenos Aires and no one dances tango as passionately as the Argentineans do – that, at least is what the Argentineans themselves believe. Tango is as Finnish as sauna and skiing – that is what the famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki and many of his fellow countrymen are convinced of. Two countries, two opinions, two musical traditions. This film is a humorous, light-hearted road movie, accompanying three Argentinean tango musicians as they leave the milongas of Buenos Aires behind to discover tango in faraway Finland. They are noisy, passionate and one hundred percent convinced that their music is the only true tango. Travelling through Finland, they immerse themselves in a completely new world. Long strips of forests, hundreds of lakes, bright summer nights and, above all, slightly shy and quiet people who play this foreign music called Finnish tango. Travelling through the scenic landscape, they encounter great Finnish tango singers and composers. Director Viviane Blumenschein created a delicate music documentary, using big, beautifully shot images to capture the longing every tango song
sings about.

Length 52’/ 90’ HD
Film by
Viviane Blumenschein
Co-Production 
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion with Illume, Gema Films for ZDF/3sat, in cooperation with YLE, SVT and SRF, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Eurimages, the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, DFFF, Finnish Film Foundation, ESEK/LUSES, MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Filmförderungsanstalt – FFA
Original title 
Mittsommernachtstango

Festivals & Awards (selection)
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival Bruxelles, Belgium 2014 (Special Award of the Jury)
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands 2014
Budapest International Documentary Festival, Hungary 2014
Gdansk Docfilm, Poland 2014
DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2013
BAFICI Buenos Aires, Argentina 2013