Jaakko is blind and disabled, tightened to his wheelchair. He loves Sirpa. Living far away, they have never met in person, but they meet every day over the phone. When Jaakko hears about Sirpa’s declining health, he decides to go to her immediately despite his condition. In any case, he just needs to rely on the help of five strangers in five places: from home to taxi, from taxi to station, from station to train, from train to taxi and finally from taxi to... her.
National Jury´s motivation: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic is an exceptional film in both form and theme. Teemu Nikki captures his audience with a narrative that is both dense and invested in authenticity. This immersiveness unavoidably leads to a discussion about the underlying societal issues. The point of view of the protagonist is finely balanced with the story itself: in the end, the unique lead role by MS patient Petri Poikolainen is an even more essential emotional element than the highly innovative methods of cinematic execution.