Best way to end the year and start a new one is to watch Finnish cinema! Yle TV 2 shows four Helsinki-filmi’s movies during the turn of the year. Remember to put these dates in to your calendar:
22.12. 18:30 Sininen delfiini (2009), shortfilm by Anna Maria Hutri
26.12. 20:50 Poliisi selvittää (2012), shortfilm by Aleksi Salmenperä
1.1. 20:35 Sano kiitos ja tanssi (2012), shortfilm by Antti Heikki Pesonen
All this will culminate to the TV premiere of a movie produced by Dictator Films which is production company owned by Juha Vuorinen's Kultakuume Oy and Helsinki-filmi:
3.1. 22:05 Gloriously Wasted (2012), Comedy directed by Lauri Maijala. Cast: Joonas Saartamo, Krista Kosonen, Santtu Karvonen and Johannes Holopainen.
Headfirst will hit the theaters in Finland 26.12.2014. Film directed by Antti Heikki Pesonen (So It Goes) stars Armi Toivanen, Eero Ritala, Kai Lehtinen and Mimosa Willamo.
The story features bypasses crossing the generations, and attempts to make amends.
Amir Escandari's documentary about Brazilian pixadores, painters and train surfers, premiers today.
The new Finnish thriller Hush will premiere in the middle of summer, on Friday July 13, 2012.
Hush is a thriller about secrets that are too big to be revealed. In the thrilling story love breaks boundaries in a creepy way. The movie is written by the young and self-taught Tuomas Parviainen.
The thriller has already been presented 13.6 to the Finnish audience at Sodankylä Film festival. Hush wil arrive in Finnish cinemas on July 13, 2012.
Forbidden Fruit was awarded the special jury prize in the international competition at the Pune Film Festival in India. Director Dome Karukoski was present to receive the prize. The grand prize (20 000 dollars) was won by the film White Lightning from Great Britain.
The Pune Film Festival, organized for the eighth time, has grown into one of India's largest festivals with over 150 films. Fifteen films were chosen for the international competition from 300 submissions.
The festival's competitive category focuses on films that have previously received awards elsewhere.
Forbidden Fruit has previously received awards in Portugal, Austria, France and Finland. The film has been sold to several countries and was an official selection of the Karlovy Vary and Shanghai film festivals, among others.
Forbidden Fruit has been nominated in two categories (director and supporting actress) at the upcoming Jussi Awards in Finland.
The Visitor and Forbidden Fruit, film produced by Helsinki-filmi, have been nominated in several categories at for this year's Jussi award gala. The Visitor, directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, was nominated for best director, cinematography, music, editing, sound design and production design. Forbidden Fruit, directed by Dome Karukoski, was also nominated for best director, and Amanda Pilke also received a nomination for best supporting actress.
The Jussi awards for the year's best domestic films are given out by the film professionals' society Filmiaura ry. The winners are announced January 31 at the Jussi awards gala, which is televised live by TV4 Finland.
Pihla Viitala, who has acted in the Helsinki-filmi films Ganes, Tears of April and The Playground, received the Shooting Stars Award, which is given annually to the ten most promising young actors in Europe. Awarded since 1998, the Shooting Stars award is a European Film Promotion program whose winners are presented during the Berlin International Film Festival to the movers and shakers in the film community as well as the general public, media and those seeking acting talent. By doing this, the Shooting Stars selection helps young actors forge international careers. The prestigious jury at European Film Promotion characterized Pihla Viitala's charisma on the silver screen as a mix of classic beauty and an unnaturally powerful ability to emote. The jury especially noticed Pihla's memorable role this year in the internationally acclaimed film Tears of April in which she played a Communist rebel. Actors who have received this award during its thirteen years history include Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig, who shot to fame as James Bond. Finnish actors who have received the award in recent years include Samuli Vauramo, Jasper Pääkkönen and Kari-Pekka Toivonen.
Forbidden Fruit, directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy, was in competition with nine other films at the Arras film festival and won the audience award. The award is worth 4,000 euros, which will support the distribution of the film into theaters in France. Forbidden Fruit has now been invited to dozens of festivals and earlier this year it won at the Festroia festival in Portugal and the Gaffa festival in Austria.
On the same weekend, Tears of April from director Aku Louhimies won the prestigious Eurimages award at the Seville film festival in Spain. The prize amount is 30,000 euros, which will be used to support the distribution of the film into theaters in Spain. Tears of April has previously won an award for best male actor in a leading role (Eero Aho) at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Both Forbidden Fruit and Tears of April are produced by Aleksi Bardy and Helsinki –filmi.
We will be seeing a well-known group of actors, including famous actors as well as new faces, in the central roles in director Dome Karukoski's comedy Lapland Odyssey.
The principal roles in Lapland Odyssey will be filled by Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Pääkkönen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola, Kari Ketonen and Miia Nuutila. Filming will begin in November in Finnish Lapland, and the film will premiere October 15, 2010.
Lapland Odyssey is both an adventure comedy and a romantic road movie through Lapland and the soul of the Finnish man. The story’s premise is very human and seemingly simple: A trip to the local electronics store to pick up a standard-model digital TV receiver for the common-law wife. But then…
The film is penned by screenwriter Pekko Pesonen and is being produced by Aleksi Bardy and Helsinki-filmi Oy.
The film Playground, produced by Helsinki-filmi, premiered in theaters on Friday. Playground is a romantic dramatic-comedy about young adults – women and men, relationships and community, career pressures and culture clashes.
Laura is a German wife and mother who moves to Finland where her husband lands a job. In the beginning, everything is difficult. Her husband, Arto, is constantly at work, she finds it impossible to get to know people and her new home town, Tampere, doesn’t look its best in November. By chance, Laura is mistaken for a single mother, and finds friends in a single mothers’ group. There she also gets to know Tero, who hosts musical sessions for the neighborhood children in a nearby play park. The further Laura takes her relationship with Tero, the more she enjoys her new home town.
"With his first feature film, Toni Laine succeeds in creating an enjoyable alternative to glittering escapist romanticism from Hollywood" K.T. / Ilta-Sanomat
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s feature film directorial debut Visitor will premiere in Germany at Cologne's KunstFilmBiennale art film festival on October 29th. The film will be released in theaters in Germany on November 5th.
Visitor is an enigmatic and powerful story of betrayal, love and faith. The film is a story about a young boy who lives with his mother on a remote farm in the middle of the forest. His violent father is locked away in prison. But then, one rainy night, a visitor appears at their farm. He has with him a message from the boy’s father, and a bullet in his side. The mother and the boy reluctantly give the visitor refuge.
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää has received multiple awards for his short films ”Silmät kiinni ilman käsiä” (2000) and ”Keinu” (2003). Visitor had its worldwide premiere at the Venice film festival in 2008. At the Gothenburg film festival, Visitor was chosen as the best Nordic film and also won the Kodak Nordic Vision prize.
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää has been granted the Director of the Year award for his first feature film The Visitor (Muukalainen). The award was given by the Association of Finnish Film Directors (SELO).
The association mentioned the director's ability to uphold his vision and his courage to make a film that stands apart from the mainstream and artistically ambitious as reasons for being granted the award.
The Visitor is an enigmatic and powerful story of deceit, love and faithfulness. The film tells the tale of a young boy who lives with his mother on a remote farm in the middle of a forest. His violent father has been locked in prison. One rainy evening, a stranger arrives at the farm – with him a message from the boy's father and a bullet in his side. The boy and his mother reluctantly provide the stranger refuge.
Dome Karukoski’s films Forbidden Fruit and Home of the Dark Butterflies won awards in four categories at the prestigious Festroia film festival in Portugal over the weekend.
Forbidden Fruit won the festival’s main prize, the Golden Dolphin, and also received the jury’s vote as the festival’s best art film. The film’s lead actor, Amanda Pilke, was awarded with the Silver Dolphin for best performance by an actress. Home of the Dark Butterflies received another award in the festival’s side category "People and the environment".
It is exceptional that a single director can get two of his films into the festival, and even more exceptional that both films win awards. The head of the jury in the main competitive category, multi-award-winning Czech director Juraj Jakubisko, commented about Forbidden Fruit being chosen as best film, as follows: "The film offers hope that European cinema is resurgent."
On September 7th the European Film Academy announced that "Tears of April" is part of the selection 2009 for the European Film Awards.
"Tears of April" was produced in co-operation with German Mogador Film and Greek Two Thirty Five.
The film is a co-production with ZDF/arte and Finnish YLE and received subsidy from Eurimages.
In this historical melodrama, director Aku Louhimies ("Frozen Land", "Frozen City") tells the story of the female soldier Miina, who despite her being raped and taken prisoner holds on to her ideals and her struggle to survive.
Aleksi Bardy and Annika Sucksdorff will also this year be in Cannes promoting Helsinki -filmi's upcoming projects from May 14th to 23rd. In particular, we will target sales agents for the film PLAYGROUND and coproducers and financiers for Dome Karukoski's comedy LAPLAND ODYSSEY and the epic TV drama WHERE ONCE WE WALKED.
CEO & producer Aleksi Bardy +358 400 467 497
Associate producer Annika Sucksdorff +358 50 596 8089
Feel free to contact us, we would be happy to meet you (and buy you a drink)!
The Finnish Critics’ Association awarded the ‘Kritiikin kannukset’ art award to The Visitor, the first feature of director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää. According to the jury, "The Visitor reaffirms our faith that it is possible to make an art movie that is impressive and unyielding in the Finnish film industry, which focuses on entertainment."
The award, given out since 1962, is awarded annually to a young Finnish artist who makes a notable artistic breakthrough. The critics’ association feels that the impressiveness of The Visitor is based on the crew’s seamless collaboration and a well-told and well-made story.
Dome Karukoski’s film Forbidden Fruit, which premiered in February, surpassed the 100 000 mark for audience attendance. To this point, the film has been seen by 100 123 paying audience members.
The film, directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy, tells the story of two girls who grew up in the countryside in northern Ostrobothnia and who experience the adventure of a lifetime in the big city in the summertime as they verge on adulthood. The lead roles in the film are played splendidly by two youngsters, Marjut Maristo and Amanda Pilke.
In February, the French thriller White as Snow was filmed in northern Finland. Directed by Christophe Blanc and telling the story of two French brothers who get involved with car smuggling, the film was filmed over the span of two weeks in Oulu. The thriller stars Finnish actors Pertti and Ilkka Koivula as well as Kai Lehtinen, who also took part in the shoot in France.
The film’s producer Bertrand Gore characterized the shoot in Finland as being a success: “Everything went very well, the locations suited the script perfectly, we were well received, the crew was professional and motivated and we were able to shoot all the great shots we wanted.”
The film is produced by Blue Monday from France. In Finland, Helsinki-filmi is partnering on the production.
Forbidden Fruit gathered 17 978 viewers during the first weekend. Including previews it gathered over 20 000 viewers.
Forbidden Fruit is a tender story about growing up and looking for one’s own limits. The lead actresses are Marjut Maristo and Amanda Pilke. The Film is produced by Aleksi Bardy and Helsinki-filmi Oy. It premiered on 13th of February.
Adventure program Woimaxi’s third season begins on MTV3. Power, wit and the ability to co-operate is needed in the contest where energy information is very useful. Competition tasks are related to energy and it’s practical, environmentally friendly use.
The more visual and energetic 3rd season is directed by Charlie Harjulin and produced by Helsinki-Filmi.
The Visitor, directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää won two highly revered Nordic Film Awards in Gothenburg International Film Festival. The value of the award was 100.000 Swedish krona. The Kodak Nordic Vision Award was granted to Tuomo Hutri for best cinematography in The Visitor.
The Visitor is the artistic debut film by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, which has attracted attention on many international festivals. The film is a mysterious and strong story about loyalty, betrayal and love. The script is co-written by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää and Jan Forsstörm. Leading actors are Vitali Bobrov, Emilia Ikäheimo, Jorma Tommila and Pavel Liška.
Both Forbidden Fruit by Dome Karukoski and The Visitor by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää have been selected in a series of competitions at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, which will take place 23.1.-2.2.
The following eight films are competing for the main award (”The Nordic Film Award”) in Gothenburg Film Festival:
Kielletty hedelmä (Forbidden Fruit) Director: Dome Karukoski, Finland
Muukalainen (The Visitor) Director: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, Finland
Drottningen och jag (The Queen and I) Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden
Sveitabrúokaup (Country Wedding). Director: Valdis Oskarsdottir (Islanti)
Velsignelsen (The Blessing). Director: Heidi Maria Faisst, Denmark
Guidance. Director: Johan Jonason, Sweden
De gales hus (House of Fools). Director: Eva Isaksen, Norway
I skuggan av värmen (In Your Veins). Director: Beata Gårdeler, Sweden/Norway
Gothenburg Film Festival:
Children’s program Woimaxi is nominated in Golden TV –competition. The competition is organised by the audio-visual producers of Finland – SATU Ry and the jury consist of professionals and the general public. The results of the competition are published on the 11th of January 2009 in the Golden TV gala.
Samuli Vauramo (1981) was selected in Shooting Stars –group with 9 other young European actors. Shooting Stars is a European Film Promotion program, in which
10 young actors are presented for the film industry and talent seekers during the Berlin Film Festival 7.-9.2.2009. The jury's comments of Vauramo were: "An athletic, sensitive, and versatile actor whose commanding charisma should ensure him a great future beyond his native Finland."
Shooting Stars of 2009:
Sarah Bolger (Ireland), Celine Bolomey (Switzerland), Verónica Echegui (Spain),
Hafsia Herzi (France), David Kross (Germany), Cyron Melville (Denmark), Carey
Mulligan (Great Britain), Alba Caterina Rohwacher (Italy), Orsi Tóth
(Hungary), Samuli Vauramo (Finland)
Eero Aho won the best male actor award in Marrrekesh Film Festival in Morocco. Aho got the award from Tears of April by Aku Louhimes, where he played the role of the judge of the military tribunal.
Romantic drama-comedy Hair Open began with great viewer ratings. The program received approximately 703 000 viewers for its first episode on Monday, the 6th of October.
Director-scriptwriter Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s debut film The Visitor was nominated at "Venice Days" (Giornate degli autori), an awards-event which is organized on the side and as a part of The Venice Biennial on 27.8.-6.9.2008.
Tears of April, by Aku Louhimies premieres on the 18th of May at The Cannes Film Festival. The film will be part of Marché du Film –event, which is one of the most important international film-sales events.
“Tears of April” is produced by Helsinki-Filmi.
Ganes-DVD has reached 20,000 sold copies mark on it's first week of release.
Hereby Ganes is now the first Finnish DVD publication which has exceeded goldrecord mark.
Ganes was nominated for four (4) Jussi-awards in categories Best Direction (JP Siili), Best Leading Actor (Eero Milonoff), Best Set Design and Best Costume Design. Ganes won two (2) Jussi-awards for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design.
Cast: Eero Milonoff, Olavi Uusivirta, Jussi Nikkilä, Tommi Korpela, Minttu Mustakallio, Kristiina Elstelä, Kari Hietalahti, Martti Syrjä, Pihla Viitala, Mervi Takatalo, Leena Pöysti, Reino Nordin and Timo Tikka.
On DVD there's included for example Remu Aaltonen's commentary. He comments his story from his point of view and with his well-known vivid Remu-kind-of-style.