LynxMan_43_HannuRantala_(c)Alexander Lembke

Source: Alexander Lembke

‘Lynx Man’

Germany’s Rise and Shine World Sales has picked up Finnish director Juha Suonpaa’s CPH:DOX competition title Lynx Man.

The film will have its world premiere on March 22 in the Dox:Award competition in Copenhagen.

The documentary follows a Finnish hermit who oscillates between sweating out his demons in a sauna, and crawling around the forest at night to document the endangered lynx.

It is produced by Pasi Hakkio and Niina Virtanen for Finland’s Wacky Tie Films, in co-production with Liis Nimik for Estonia’s Klara Films, and Suonpaa’s own Swamphead. Estonian band Puuluup, named band of the year at the Estonian Music Awards in 2022, provides the score.

Financing for the title came from the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Yle, Film Tampere, the Estonian Film Institute and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Rise and Shine managing director Stefan Kloos described the film as “a fantastic perspective on animal life in the forest and with its gorgeous images it reflects our interference as humans with wildlife”.

Lynx Man is Suonpaa’s second feature documentary after Wolfman, which premiered at Visions du Reel in 2013.

Rise and Shine also has Wacky Tie’s CPH:DOX 2021 title How To Kill A Cloud, directed by Tuija Halttunen, on its slate.

CPH:DOX gets underway tomorrow (March 15) and runs until March 26.