Category All , Human Interest , Society
Year: 2010
Country: Finland
Running Time: 84'
Director: Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen

Naked Finnish men in saunas speak straight from the heart.

In the warmth of rusty stoves they cleanse themselves both physically and mentally in an exceptionally intimate and poetic film with a deeply emotional and unforgettable finale.

The film travels through Finland joining men of all walks of life in many different saunas to let us hear their touching stories about love, death, birth and friendship; about life. In all its simplicity the camera records the raw and rare beauty of landscapes, saunas and men in almost magical pictures.

The presence of the characters and the depth of their emotion reach a limit where it is almost intolerable for the viewer to watch. STEAM OF LIFE reveals the men's naked souls in an exceptionally intimate and poetic way.

Festivals & Awards

2010 International Documentary Association Awards
Nominated for Best feature-length Documentary Award

2010 Silverdocs Documentary Festival, USA

2010 HotDocs Film Festival, Canada

2010 DocPoint Documentary Film Festival, Finland

2010 Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada

2010 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands