Director, Matti Pekkanen
“Anselm, the young werewolf is a film about the end of childhood.”
And a film about the beast that lives inside the human skin, waiting for an opportunity to crush the thin surface of humanity.
Instincts guide young Anselm to break free from his childhood home. Growing pains are tearing up his changed body and staggered mind. Parents fall from their pedestal and become ordinary human beings. Youth should be the best time of our lives?
The old vicar asks the most essential questions of the film. How did I end up like this? Are we prisoners of heredity or is the cause at home? Responsibility is a burden you must carry yourself, says the vicar. At the same time, he is struggling with a burden of his own.
The film takes place mainly in the 80′s in Ostrobothnia, Finland. A time and a place which are very personal to the film’s directors. Commodore-64, secretly read lingerie catalogs and larger than life crushes stem directly from real life. Also some of the movie scenes are dramatised versions of real-life events of my friends (apologies to all those concerned, haha).
The title of the movie has been a topic of discussion throughout production. At first, it was the driving force, because it was so damn stupid. When the story started to develop in a more serious direction, the name began to sound misleading. Now that the film is receiving its final form it has become an integral part of production. It tells you what the movie is about.
The movie is about Anselm, a young werewolf.
Producer, Mikko Soukkala
“It sounded like the most stupid movie title ever.”
When the starting point for Anselm, the young werewolf was that the title, invented by Sami Palolampi sometime in the 90’s, sounded like the most stupid movie title ever, it’s hard to imagine that it turned out to be a real movie. A movie that’s not some cobbled together b-class bungle full of blood spatter and corny one-liners. This is a good looking movie with a decent plot. It also has enough mystery to keep you guessing.
The starting point could actually be anything. To turn words into deeds is a different story. In our case a whimsy turned into a real movie. In my opinion, one should do things based on one’s intuition rather than calculated decision-making. One should not be lulled into an idea that one day your dreams will just walk in and say “Hi, here I am, will you join me?” You should reach out for your dreams and walk towards them with your head held high. Say hi, and take them by the hand.
The most important resources in making this movie have been the production team, actors and hundreds of volunteers, who joined our cause without hesitation. The whole team has been extremely committed since the beginning!
My special thanks go to the grocery store keeper Olli Pehkonen from Alavus for feeding our team and volunteers. Big thanks also to Jyrki Tienaho, who allowed us to use his lands for filming. Without the Vääräkoski Board Mill in Ähtäri, we would not have been able to shoot many fine scenes, thanks to Risto Sivonen and Timo Nyyssölä. Community and church of the Killinkoski village have done their share as well. Many, many thanks to all volunteers for your positive attitude towards the making of the movie!
A movie is a world that one can influence. That’s the world where I want to live in.