Oskari Pastila | Finland 2016 | 87 Min. | OmeU
The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Michael is a bullied boy from Canada. He finds his own world in the spandex-clad heroes of comic books and professional wrestlers on TV. After building his body Michael’s finally able to don the spandex tights himself and introduce pro-wrestling to faraway Finland. But at 40, injuries and age start to cast shadows on his career, while the conservative and old-fashioned Michael still dreams of being the hero. Suddenly a young transgender wrestler, Jessica, infiltrates his wrestling company, contesting him both physically and ideologically. Anger and frustration get to lonely but uncompromising Michael, who’s still searching for a wife. He is looking for love, but first must learn not to hate.
Oskari Pastila is Helsinki-based director and producer. His first feature-length documentary Basket Case (Täynnä Tarmoa) was released in Finland in 2009. His second film Knucklebonehead was released 2013 and most recent one Spandex Sapiens in 2016. He received his BA from Goldsmiths - University of London and MA from University of Art and Design, Helsinki.
- Audience Award - Night Visions Festival, Helsinki
- Critic’s Choice - DocPoint - Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival