Finnish Foundation supports international projects
by Annika Pham
In its latest round of production support, the Finnish Film Foundation (FFF) has awarded a total of €1.3m to five new feature films, including three international co-productions.
The Italian Key (Cabellan Avain) is the first foray into feature film production for established music composer Tuomas Kantelinen (Mother of Mine [+see also:
film profile]), who has teamed up with US producer Peter O. Almond. Based on a script by first-time director Roosa Toivonen, it tells the story of a 19-year-old girl who discovers friendship and love in an Italian mountain village.
Cast members include John Shea and Joeanna Sayler. The editor is Paul Martin Smith (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). After a summer shoot in Italy, filming will continue in India and London.
Joona Tena, director of the successful football comedy FC Venus [+see also:
film profile], will start shooting Syvälle salattu [no English title yet] for Matila Röhr Productions in June. The thriller about busy city lawyer Julia who arrives in a remote lakeside town will be released by Nordisk Film in autumn 2011.
This summer, Anders Engström (Wallander) will start filming the new adventures of private eye Jussi Vares, Vares and the Good People. Solar Films, which successfully produced several Vares films in the past, is again attached to the project, scheduled for a July 2011 release.
Finnish filmmakers Saara Saarela (Twisted Roots [+see also:
film profile]) and US-based Ilkka Järvilaturi (History is Made at Night) are attached to a French and US films respectively. Saarela’s La Vénitienne is a thriller starring Thierry Frémont. France’s Jem Productions is producing for ARTE, with Finnish partner Tuomas Sallinen. The project finished shooting in December.
Kiss, His First is written, directed and produced by Järvilaturi. Guei Lun Mei and Tony Leung star in this story of love and revenge set in Shanghai. DoP is Benoît Delhomme. Shooting will start in June and Cinema Mondo will release the film in October 2011.
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