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Fucking Bunnies – by Teemu Niukkanen

What would you do if your new neighbor was the warm and friendly leader of a satanic cult?

15 – 20 | 2017 | Black Comedy | Fear | Finland | Live-Action

What would you do if your new neighbor was the leader of a satanic cult, wearing a black metal corpse paint and organizing parties made of Twister and wild embraces? Fucking Bunnies (Saatanan Kanit) has the story. This Finnish short film, directed by Teemu Niukkanen from a script by Antti Toivonen, is a funny and hilarious comedy which premiered at Sundance 2017 and made its festival run across the world. The film jokes about the moral panic triggered by the different nowadays. In this case, a gentleman who surrounds himself with pentacles, 666 and black candles.

Jouko Puolanto stars as Raimo, a middle-aged man living with his wife Kirsi (Minna Suuronen) in the working-class suburbs of Helsinki. He likes to play squash (but he can’t find a teammate) and sympathetically tolerates his foreign neighbors, from the black cleaning man (Jambo!) at the court to the drug addict who lives by gimmicks.

Everything works to perfection in Finland, the happiest country in the world where the welfare state works, healthy life expectancy and per capita incomes are at the tap, and the percentage of immigrants is the lowest in Europe. At least until, all of a sudden, Maki (Janne Reinikainen) knocks on Raimo’s door. Maki is the charismatic leader of a satan worshipping sex cult. But he’s a very nice and considerate guy too, always on the lookout for new friends.

Fucking Bunnies Teemu Niukkanen

Maki undermines the value system of his new neighbor. He’s a peaceful and placid man, only not in the same way of “normal people:” he named her son Pasi (actually, that would be “Pussy”), worships a dark deity with the head of a rabbit and surrounds himself with followers who practice all forms of satanic eroticism.

“Raimo – Teemu Niukkanen explained – is the person who likes to project himself as someone who is very open-minded and liberal. It’s easy because everyone genuinely different has always remained on the pages of newspapers. Now he has to face his own prejudices that lie deep within.”

As is often the case with comic and ferocious Finnish dark comedies, it’s all fun through gritted teeth as social commentary is right around that corner. Fucking Bunnies faces the panic that the stupid prejudices we take upon ourselves generate and disassembles double standars, intolerances and discrimination that we practice without realizing it. All with a smile, to the bottom of this paradox, when the disco notes of Satan in Love start and La Bellini sings: “He bangs and caresses me / With two drops of sweetness / Half angel and animal / First you like it, then it hurts.”

Curiously, Fucking Bunnies premieres online in the days when it’s back to talking about Satanic Panic as a result of the investigation by Italian journalist Selene Pascarella on Giap magazine, entitled Satanists Kill on Saturdays. To be watched together with (or as a counterpoint to) Black Metal by Kat Candler.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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