The Skull Hunters

Pe 16.8. klo 20 Sulosaaressa

(osa Metsänäytöstä)

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2019 / Finland

Length: 28 min

Language: Finnish

Subtitles: English

Classification: 12

Director: Riikka Kaihovaara

Writer: Riikka Kaihovaara

Cinematography: Hannu Kettunen

Editing: Petteri Kauhanen

Sound Design: Anssi Tamminen

Production: Yle / Ari Lehikoinen

A skull collector is a person, who collects animal skulls and other body parts. Antlers, cat skulls, bird wings and horse bones are made into ornaments and appreciated for their aesthetic properties.


The documentary follows two skull collectors Jonna and Heidi engaging with their beloved hobby - sourcing animal bodies, and dismantling and cleaning them with care and precision. We also get to hear what it is about the hobby that draws them to it and about the prejudices that they encounter as skull collectors. 


The Skull Hunters sheds light on a rich tapestry of themes around our relationship with animal bodies and death, normally glossed over in our society.

SINFF 2016