Total Balalaika Show
|Total Balalaika Show|
Polish theatrical poster
|Directed by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Produced by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Written by||Aki Kaurismäki|
|Music by||B. Alexandrov|
|Edited by||Timo Linnasalo|
The concert took place on 12 June 1993 on Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland. The event drew a crowd of approximately 70,000 people from two nations – Finland and Russia – that had been engaged in a state of "peaceful coexistence" during the Cold War.
The concert featured an eclectic mix of Western rock and Russian folk music, and folk dancers performing to rock songs.
Total Balalaika Show was a critical success, scoring a 77% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The "rockumentary" features 13 songs from the concert:
The film is available on three DVD releases. The first, released by Sandrew Metronome in 2004, is for DVD Region 2. The second, released by Facets, is for All Regions. The third is by The Criterion Collection in an Eclipse box set with the two original films.