Petri Hagner, born in 1971, is a Master of Fine Arts, a film director and a rock musician. In 1997, Hagner moved to Poland where he undertook studies in the National Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT) in Lodz. After finishing his studies, he returned to Finland to work as a freelancer in the film industry.
Before his studies, in 1993 through 1997, Hagner played in the rock band Circle, an international cult favorite. He took a break from music during his Poland years but after returning to Finland, he has reappeared in the music scene. Hagner is a member of the experimental rock band Doktor Kettu whose first official recording, Soft Delirium, was released in 2009.
In Finland, Petri Hagner has made a documentary film called Naked Sushi Lunch (2006), which tells about the desperate attempts of a Japanese businessman to run a sushi bar in Pori, Finland, as well as an experimental film called Aldebaran Rising (2008). The latter is based on live music played during the screenings, and the music is composed and performed by the instrumental group Magyar Posse from Pori.
Hagner’s newest documentary film Man with a Video Camera (2009) tells about the HVAC manager Esko Lönnberg, who has abandoned his middle-class life and career in Sweden, returned to his hometown of Pori, Finland, and taken up filmmaking. Man with a Video Camera is also starred by Hagner’s old friends, the members of the band Circle.