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'No sex, please, we are Finnish' receives FFF production support


- The Finnish Film Foundation backs two features and two full-length documentaries, including Samuli Valkama's No Thank You

'No sex, please, we are Finnish' receives FFF production support

Finnish director Samuli Valkama (photo), who most recently filmed the romantic comedy, Love and Other Troubles, moves to comedy-drama comedy with No Thank You, an adaption of Finnish author Anna-Leena Härkönen’s best-selling novel, which Helsinki production outfit Kinotar will shoot this summer for a 2014 premiere.

No Thank You follows a 42-year-old woman, Heli, who is madly in love with her 43-year-old husband, but he never wants sex – “honey, not now”, and then he goes on playing computer games. Heli starts an affair with a young producer “to win time for her marriage”, but not everything goes according to plan.

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The Finnish Film Foundation has supported the €1.3 million project by €630,000, and allocated another €500,000 for Finnish director Inari Niemi’s Kesäkaverit, which Bronson Club Productions will produce on a €3.2 million budget for Nordisk Film to launch next year. Niemi’s own screenplay deals with loyalty between women.

Every day three Finns commit suicide – a subject that people rarely want to talk about. Finnish directors Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen try to explore the motives, earning signs and consequences in Once I Dreamt of Life, a €610,000 full-length documentary produced by Finland’s Mouka Filmi and Germany’s Alias Film, with €90,000 foundation subsidy.

Finnish director Joonas Berghåll received €175,000 for his €750,000 Mother's Wish [+see also:
interview: Joonas Berghäll
film profile
, an unbroken chain of stories about motherhood – the presence or absence of a mother, and what it meant to the main characters - in different parts of the world. The film is co-produced by Oktober (Finland), Mantaray Film (Sweden) and Fridthjof Film (Denmark).

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