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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 93 MIN | 2012

RAT KING

Eighteen-year-old Juri spends his days absorbed in his computer gaming world, to the exclusion of school, friends, and his exasperated girlfriend. One night his Internet ally "Modred," actually another student named Niki, turns up at his door, fearing for his life. Niki is caught in the grasp of a mysterious new online game, and Juri, warned of the dangers but with nothing to lose, eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole. Initially unimpressed with a game that seems to be nothing but a series of banal tasks, Juri soon finds himself immersed in an all-consuming race against the clock for his very life.

In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as Juri and Niki are absorbed into the game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world. Finnish suspense master Petri Kotwica (Black Ice) crafts a playfully Hitchcockian plot that blends an atmospheric style with a smart use of gaming imagery to bring a fresh and youthful twist to this high school-set paranoia thriller.
Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 93 minutes
Language: Finnish
Country: Finland
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Director: Petri Kotwica
Screenwriter: Petri Kotwica
Producer: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
Editor: Harri Ylönen
Director of Photography: Mika Orasmaa
Production Designer: Jaagup Roomet
Composer: Lauri Porra
Co-Producer: Ivo Felt
Primary Cast: Julius Lavonen, Max Ovaska, Outi Mäenpää, Janne Virtanen, Niina Koponen, Miika Ullakko
Press Contacts

Director's Manager
Sandra Lucchesi
Gersh L.A.
Phone: 310 274 6611
slucchesi@gershla.com

Main Contact
Jaana Puskala
Finnish Film Foundation
Kanavakatu 12 Helsinki, 00160
Phone: +358 9 622 0300
jaana.puskala@ses.fi

Sales Agent
Miira Paasilinna
The Yellow Affair
Götgatan 9 Stockholm, SE- 11646
Phone: +46 8 645 1212
miira@yellowaffair.com
http://www.yellowaffair.com

Director's Manager
Sandra Lucchesi
Gersh L.A.
Phone: 310 274 6611
slucchesi@gershla.com

Main Contact
Jaana Puskala
Finnish Film Foundation
Kanavakatu 12 Helsinki, 00160
Phone: +358 9 622 0300
jaana.puskala@ses.fi

Sales Agent
Miira Paasilinna
The Yellow Affair
Götgatan 9 Stockholm, SE- 11646
Phone: +46 8 645 1212
miira@yellowaffair.com
http://www.yellowaffair.com

Special Note

 

Co-hosted by:

Finnish+Film+Foundation

About the Director(s)
Petri Kotwica was born in Finland and studied film at the Helsinki University of Art and Design. He has made several award-winning short films, and his feature debut Homesick won several prizes at international film festivals. His second feature Black Ice won six national film awards.

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