One Last Deal
An elderly art dealer wants to both save his business and repair his relationship with his daughter and grandson, and a lost Russian masterpiece could help him do both—if he can prove the picture’s provenance.
Since his wife passed away, Olavi (Heikki Nousiainen) has thrown himself into his work as a Helsinki art-gallery owner. Despite his work ethic, the business is not thriving, thanks to his stubborn refusal to modernize and embrace online sales or even buy a computer. Mostly estranged from his family, the elderly Olavi spends most of his time with Patu (Pertti Sveholm), a fellow gallery owner and one of the few people who can put up with Olavi's curmudgeonly attitudes. Seeking "one last deal" to seal his career, Olavi attends a local art auction and spots an unsigned painting that he thinks might be a long-lost work by a 19th-century Russian master. Encouraged by Patu, Olavi makes a higher-than-expected bid to win the painting, forcing him to borrow money from some unsavory characters. At the same time, his daughter Lea (Pirjo Lonka), whom Olavi barely knows, reconnects to ask if her teenage son Otto (Amos Brotherus) might be able to help out around the gallery to earn some job skills. A reluctant Olavi relents, only to find that Otto, far from being a distraction, may be the key to determining the artwork's provenance—and to Olavi's reconciliation with his family—in this crowd-pleasing tale of redemption from Finnish director Klaus Haro.
Born in 1971, Klaus Härö studied directing and screenwriting at Helsinki Art College, and finished several short films before his debut feature film, Elina: As If I Wasn't There, won a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003. One of the most decorated Finnish directors—his films have scored a total of over 60 awards-Härö's seventh feature, One Last Deal, premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, and his previous film, The Fencer (2014), was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for a Golden Globe.
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- Original Language Title: Tuntematon mestari
- Director: Klaus Haro
- Principal Cast: Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, Amos Brotherus, Stefan Sauk, Pertti Sveholm
- Country: Finland
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 95 minutes
- Producer: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
- Screenplay: Anna Heinamaa
- Cinematographers: Tuomo Hutri
- Editors: Benjamin Mercer
- Music: Matti Bye
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: The Fencer (2014); Letters to Father Jaakob (2009); The New Man (2007); Mother of Mine (2005); Statisti (Doc, 2003); Elina: As If I Wasn’t There (2002)
- Language: Finnish, Swedish
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: LevelK Film Sales