Directed by Arthur FranckItalian title: L'ipnotizzatore [t.l.] Finland / 2019 / 72 min. Colour and B&W / O.V. / Subtitles: sub. it./en.
In 1980, Olavi Hakasalo, a.k.a Olliver Hawk, Finland’s most famous hypnotist, ended up on trial charged with fraud. His mission in life had been to spread the gospel of suggestion, and he was willing to risk everything to become a political influencer on the big stage. But in the corridors of power, an eccentric showman sitting on too many secrets is considered a liability. A meditation on power, truth and myths in Cold War Finland.
Arthur Franck –– (Helsinki, Finland, 1980) has been making documentary films since 2005. Together with producer Oskar Forstén he founded the production company franckforstén in 2006. In 2009 he graduated from Arcada – University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts. The Hypnotist is his first feature documentary.