When “Naked Harbour” was released in Finland, the Finnish ambassador to Norway said, “It portrays all the things about Finland that I would not want to show the rest of the world.” We don’t think this movie makes Finland look bad! Then again, we’ve only watched the few minutes of nudity that the movie includes, but all the same, we feel inspired to head to Helsinki as soon as humanly possible.
Besides, it’s not a director’s job to entice tourists. Aku Louhimies, the director of “Naked Harbour” said his goal was to show a series of urban love stories and display the struggles that humans go through when we try to connect. Then again, he does have an idea of a fun film that would promote Finland:
“Yes. It could be an action thriller that takes place all over Finland – some sort of spy chase story from Lapland to the archipelago, showing the beauty of the Finnish seasons, nature, the lakes, the sea.
“But even then the story would be the most important thing – a story is the most powerful way to make an impression on someone. I would never want to make just a travel video. If I made a good story showing the best part of Finland, that would be promotion enough.”
Throw in a few minutes of nudity, and we’re totally with you, Aku.
· “Naked Harbour” (imdb.com)