When heroes lie
导演： Arto Halonen
（导演简介：Arto Halonen has directed numerous award-winning films, including the fiction feature film Princess and the documentary films Shadow of the Holy Book, Pavlov’s dogs, Karmapa – Two Ways of Divinity and the Tank Man. In 2005, Halonen was awarded the Finland Prize, the highest annual prize in the arts given by the Ministry of Culture and the Finnish State.
Among other important prizes, he has received the Humanitarian Award of the European Union in 1998, and, in 2008, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival honoured him as one of the most important documentary filmmakers of his generation. In year 2010 Halonen was awarded by the city of Helsinki Culture prize for his remarkable artistic career.
Halonen is also the founder and the first festival director of DocPoint – the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival – and is a member of the European Film Academy.
In the late 1980’s Arto trained students in filmmaking and acted as the Regional Cinema Artist in the province of Northern Karelia. During that time, he trained teachers, screenwriters, and filmmakers using educational films and extensive production programs. The art community there handed him an award for distinguishing himself in film production with international reach. It’s an award many Nordic filmmakers could very well share. In 2000, Arto and some of the foremost documentary film-makers in Finland: Georg Grontenfelt, Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Anu Kuivalainen, John Webster, Timo Korhonen and Kiti Luostarinen established Elephant Films, Ltd. a Finnish Directors’ Group. Although it consists of seven separate prodco’s it is united by a primary aim to strengthen content by creating a synergetic environment where better docs can be made. The collective company manages to share costs and experience without jeopardizing the artistic independence of each filmmaker. As a director-driven company, it also, in a way, surpasses the need for productorial middlemen, or some would say meddle-men. This is an idea whose time could come to these shores, too.
制片公司： Art Films Production（芬兰）http://www.artfilmsproduction.com/
这个公司有一个比较有意思的地方，它的网站上就很明确地写了一部分films produced by Arts Films，一部分 produced by Arto Halonen
Art Films Production AFP Ltd develops and produces creative, quality films. The company’s main focus is on fiction films and documentaries, but animation projects have also been developed and realised over the years. Art Films began its operations in 1987. 很老牌的公司了
联合制片：这个联合制片信息没出现在IDFA或影片官网上，但出现在一篇文章里http://bzfilm.com/articles-notes/first-ever-finnishcroatian-sports-doping-film-presented-to-co-financiers-in-cannes/ 说和克罗地亚的MP Film Production公司联合制片，能搜到一些新闻看到克罗地亚确实有这个制片公司，但没搜到它的官网
When an entire group of Finnish skiers tested positive for doping in the Lahti World Championships of 2001, it revealed the systematic and long-term history of the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.
When Heroes Lie analyzes the history of doping from the 1970s to the present day, using archive footage and interviews with skiers, coaches and experts. Director Arto Halonen conducted extensive research into the global doping culture in top-class athletics. He explores how our society, where success systematically prevails over morals, lays the foundation for a hypocritical attitude in the pursuit of triumph. The people want champions and heroism, but close their eyes to the world behind the international stage – that shadowy world that sets the conditions for hero status. But when there’s official confirmation of something that anybody with any common sense could have known all along, the moral outrage is immense. This touches on a wider problem in our society: cheating is the rule rather than the exception when it comes to achieving our sacred goals. But nobody seems to mind, as long as it doesn’t come to light.
We have been very meticulous in our research, so if anyone will sue us, we can prove every detail of the rotten, doping-ridden history of skiing we disclose. However, we also came upon some second-hand reports, which were simply incredible, and unusable in a documentary on a sensitive subject.
”With fiction, I can play with the characters and bring in empathy and humour. I want to help people think of doping in a different way, from the angle of people outside the system”
现在唯一找到的是一个a Nordic sport science web journal上的影评 http://idrottsforum.org/forumbloggen/a-faulty-film-coming-to-a-screen-near-you/
不过影片也带来了一些积极影响。导演写了公开信建议改变现有的芬兰兴奋剂监控系统，芬兰Minister of Social Affairs and Health做出回应：I’ve asked to organize a discussion between the Finnish Medicines Agency and the police in order to develop their co-operation. The discussion will be to review the existing mechanisms for cooperation and possible needs for improvement when cooperating with drug control detected in the suspected criminal conduct and seeking a reference to any of the cases in which illegal activity is potentially criminally out of date.