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Above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, there is a humble wooden hut where great things have grown. This is a home of one of the most famous people Finland has produced, the heavy metal rocker Tomi. At 37, he is an elusive star, who hides his true identity behind an elaborate and scary monster mask, his alter ego Lordi. Being true to himself is at the core of Tomi's "heavy metal Peter Pan-like" being. For the fans and the people close to Tomi alike, he rocks their world.
In 2006 a childhood friend and a record company boss persuaded Lordi to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the epitome of middle class fantasies and values. Lordi won the competition with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". This was a great victory and a great sacrifice for Tomi; he had to submit to an alien set of values. Consequently, he lost his creativity but gained a huge audience, something that he had always dreamed of since his childhood.
As the band starts to record their new and perhaps last album in Nashville, Tomi strives to regain his creativity and songwriting skill. But will the band stick together and keep on rocking, or is Tomi's monster Neverland about to take its last breath?
A film about the heavy metal brotherhood, about being an artist and being true to yourself.

Presented by Norient Film Festival – The World Through Music and Sound.

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Direction: Antti Haase

Original Title: Monsterimies

Subtitles: English

Film Production Countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden

 

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