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Jalmari Helander shoots Big Game


- Director of Rare Exports to begin filming for action adventure starring Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila and Jim Broadbent

Jalmari Helander shoots Big Game

Writer-director Jalmari Helander (photo - Rare Exports [+see also:
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) will commence an eight-week shoot in Bavarian locations and the Bavaria Film Studios on Big Game from September 12. Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside Onni Tommila (Rare Exports), Jim Broadbent (Filth), Ray Stevenson (Jayne Mansfield’s Car) and Mehmet Kurtulus (Transfer).

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Big Game tells the story of Oskari (Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year old boy who while on a rite of passage in a forest finds himself in the unusual position of having to protect the US President (Jackson).

Petri Jokiranta will produce under the Finnish Subzero banner, alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for UK’s Altitude Film Entertainment, with Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell Film as the German producer. Alex Garland (Dredd) is an executive producer. Financiers include: Finnish Film Foundation; YLE; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Visionplus Fund; Bavarian Film Partners; Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFFBayern); German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), along with Comerica Bank Entertainment Group and KfW Bankengruppe and backing from FFF Bayern’s special programme for international co-productions.

Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Entertainment One has taken all rights to the film for the UK, Ascot Elite for German-speaking territories and Nordisk for Scandinavia.

Helander said, “Big Game is an action adventure story on an epic scale. I’m delighted to be taking this genre on as it has always been very close to my heart, as action-packed adventure stories contain the elements that I believe make movies that are worth watching.”

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