This is a story of the incredible rise and the immense fall of Nokia Mobiles - the company that appeared almost by chance on the outskirts of Europe. Nokia turned a mobile phone into an everyday item and put Finland on the map. The tale begins in a scenery, which surprisingly resembles the Soviet city of Zelenograd in the 1980s, and ends so bitterly that it provokes tears. “Did I look at these Apple soap bars?”, goes one of the Finnish engineers who was let go after the final closure of the engineering department, “Sure. Inside they are just as stupid and shiny as they are on the outside. Whereas every part of our phones reminds me of my friends.” For fourteen years Nokia remained the market leader with more than a billion phones sold all over the World. In 2007 Nokia was on the cover of Forbes, but this did not save the company from the rapid and painful fall. The moral of this story is related to corporate governance rather than to technological progress. Sometimes we start to value money and growth more than humanity and freedom. But when new ideas finally run out, someone who is younger, bolder and more people-oriented takes our place.
After the screening, there will be a discussion panel with the director and one of the characters in the film. Journalist Ksenia Chudinova will moderate the discussion.