The Punk Syndrome

The Punk Syndrome

Documentary film 85′ & 58′, 2012

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The Punk Syndrome is a film about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, are mentally handicapped and they play their music with a lot of attitude and pride.


We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and experience strong emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit in the front on the tour bus. Then it’s time to make up and go talk to people in the audience and tell them how great their band is.


Their songs are about the problems in society as well as about things that they face in their everyday life: how going to the pedicurist sucks and the misery of living in a group home. The guys give piece of their mind to both politicians and people whose attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities need improvement.


The Punk Syndrome is a film about the essence of punk. It’s a story of handicapped people rebelling against the mainstream. This time you’re allowed to stare and wonder why they act the way they do. And you’ll fall in love with them as you watch how the most kick-ass punk band in Finland conquers the world.


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Order a DVD (delivery in Finland only): Send an email titled “The Punk Syndrome DVD” to address Write your full name, postal address and amount of DVD:s you wish to order. Price is €20,- per DVD (including delivery fees and VAT). Your order will be delivered to your nearest post office. Subtitles (optional): english, swedish, norwegian.


Directors Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Script Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, Sami Jahnukainen

Director of Photography J-P Passi

Editor Riitta Poikselkä

Additional Edition for 58min version Mika Ronkainen

Graphic Designer Illusia Sarvas

Sound Designer Jørgen Bergsund

Sound Mix Tormod Ringnes

Dramaturgy Magnus Gertten

Music Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät

Production Sami Jahnukainen / Mouka Filmi

In Association with Carsten Aanonsen / Indie Film

Lennart Ström & Magnus Gertten / Auto Images

Joakim Strand / Film i Skåne

In Collaboration with Iikka Vehkalahti & Erkki Astala / YLE

Axel Arnö / SVT

Tore Tomter / NRK

Production Support Miia Havisto & Elina Kivihalme / The Finnish Film Foundation

Finnish Performing Music Promotion Center (ESEK)

The Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Music (LUSES)

Maria Fuglewaag Warsinski-Varsi / Norwegian Film Institute

Cecilia Lidin / Swedish Film Institute

Karolina Lidin / Nordic Film & TV Fund

Distribution in Finland Walt Disney Comapny Nordic

International Sales Autlook Filmsales

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