One-Way Ticket to Mombasa - Hannu Tuomainen - Finland
One-Way Ticket to Mombasa (Menolippu Mombasaan, 2002)
Director: Hannu Tuomainen
An old saying says to "...live each day as though it were your last." For some it's just a proverb, for others it's a life philosophy. Eurochannel invites you to journey through the world of dreams with One Way Ticket to Mombasa, a film about two friends struggling with their personal wishes and terminal illness - but nothing will stop them accomplishing their deepest desires.
One Way Ticket to Mombasa tells the story of two young men, Pete and Jusa, and their odyssey of love and friendship and the complexities that exist in their relationship. The guys meet in hospital and both have a future under threat leading both to a 'carpe diem' mentality. Things that they always wanted to do can no longer exist as pipe-dreams. Pete wants to confess his love to the girl of his dreams and lyrically inspired, Jusa craves the opportunity to visit the distant but magical beaches of Mombasa.
Winner of the Best Feature Award at the Vilnius Film Festival for Children and Young People 2004, One Way Ticket to Mombasa gifts a new perspective to see life through. The production gives the subtle reminder that everybody has their own Mombasa: a fantasyland where everything is better.
Teenage guitarist Pete (Antti Tarvainen) is struck with a cancer diagnosis right after an audition for a popular band. Along with roommate Jusa (Joonas Saartamo), who also has cancer, Pete runs away from hospital to embark on a road trip. Jusa is headed for Mombasa beach, while Pete searches for Kata (Johanna Ronnlof) in Lapland.