The Kasper Stromman Design Blog film of the month is Risto Jarva’s Ruusujen Aika from 1968. It’s hailed as the “first ever Finnish-made futurological feature length film” and set in the year 2012.
That sounds exciting, right? Except unfortunately 2012 looks exactly like 1968 in the…
still from ruusujen aika (a time of roses), finnish sci-fi from 1969 (complete with soundtrack by erkki kurenniemi!), via toys & techniques
Risto Jarva: Ruusujen aika (“A Time of Roses”, English subtitles, 1969)
A rare example of Finnish science fiction cinema.
"In the year 2012, historian Raimo Lappalainen wants to illustrate how life was 50 years earlier. He becomes obsessed with the fate of a 1970s nude model, Saara Turunen, and finds a perfect actress to reconstruct her life and death in front of a TV camera. Meanwhile, a strike at a nuclear plant is covered up by the media." (IMDB)
"The setting is a Finland in which people communicate by view-phone, laze around on not-so-Finnish-modern, inflatable plastic furniture and take their meals from machines that, in friendly, gravelly voices, announce the calorie content of the items ordered." (Vincent Canby, The New York Times, 1970)