The Saimaa Gesture

The Saimaa Gesture (Finnish: Saimaa-ilmiö) is a 1981 film by Finnish directors Aki and Mika Kaurismäki. It is a documentary of three Finnish rock groups aboard the steamboat SS Heinävesi on their tour around Lake Saimaa.

The Saimaa Gesture
Directed byAki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki
Produced byAki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki
StarringJuice Leskinen
Martti Syrjä
Ismo Alanko
Music byEppu Normaali
Hassisen Kone
Juice Leskinen Slam
CinematographyLasse Naukkarinen
Timo Salminen
Toni Sulzbeck
Olli Varja
Edited byAntti Kari
Villealfa Filmproductions
Release date
  • 11 September 1981 (1981-09-11)
Running time
128 minutes

The film

The film was shot from 31 May to 7 June on the 1981 "Tuuliajolla" tour by groups Eppu Normaali, Hassisen Kone and Juice Leskinen Slam. The Saimaa Gesture features artist interviews, more than 20 live performances and several acoustic songs filmed aboard the steamer.

The original title Saimaa-ilmiö is an adaptation of the Finnish translation of the 1979 thriller film The China Syndrome (Finnish: Kiina-ilmiö).


The soundtrack album Tuuliajolla was released by Poko Rekords. It was re-released on CD in 1993 and 2007.[1]


  1. Tuuliajolla Discogs. Retrieved 14 December 2014.

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