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One-Way Ticket to Mombasa

English title: One-Way Ticket to Mombasa
Original title: Menolippu Mombasa
Finland, 2002

Director: Tuomainen, Hannu
Production company: Cinemaker Oy, Helsinki,
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

17-year-old Pete, a talented amateur guitarist in a school band, falls unconscious at a gig. The doctor gives him little hope of reaching his 18th birthday. In hospital, he shares a room with Jusa, a master of black humour who was brought up in a children's home. One night the two lads, high on vodka in celebration of Jusa's 18th birthday, decide to take a night-time holiday and fulfil their hidden dreams. More than anything else Jusa dreams of seeing the hot beaches and seductive girls of Mombasa before he dies. Pete wants to see Kata, the girl of his dreams from school, and tell her of his love. With tickets to Mombasa in Jusa's pocket, the boys make their way through Finland towards Lapland, where Kata has a summer job. When they get there, Pete declares his love to Kata, but doesn't tell her of his illness. As the departure date for the trip to Mombasa approaches, Pete is torn between his love for Kata and his promise to go to Mombasa with Jusa. Kata decides to accompany the two of them on their way south. The fulfilment of Jusa's dream draws nearer. (Source: Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2002)

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"A film everyone should see!" International Jury, FaBu Sandnes

6 Best Picture awards since Nov 2002, most recently Best Picture Award – Reel To Real
Int’l Film Festival for Youth and Families, Vancouver, Canada.

A good mix of acting and black humour. Thoroughly enjoyable to a wide range of audiences. (Young people's Jury, Leeds Children's Film Festival 2003)

Marketing strategies:
150.000 admissions in Finland.

Luebeck 2002, Sandnes 2002 (awarded), Winner of the National Audience Award Jussi, Main Prize at Just Film/Black Night FF, Estonia, Reel To Real Int’l Film Festival for Youth and Families, Vancouver, Canada (awarded), Laon 2003 awarded), Leeds 2003, Poznan 2003 (awarded), Giffoni 2003 (awarded), Media Salles Euro Kidflix Award 2003, Grand Prix/Main Award and Best Male at Artek Int’l FF, Best First Work Award at Festroia Int’l FF, Buster Copenhagen 2003, Cinekid Amsterdam 2003, Olympia 2003, Vilnius 2004, FICI Madrid 2005


Study guide: Finnish

Study guide: German

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