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PRODUCTION: A Patriotic Man in Postproduction Featured

2013-05-24

ZAGREB: Finnish writer/director Arto Halonen (Princess, Pavlov’s Dogs) is in postproduction with the first Finnish-Croatian coproduction, a comedy about the doping-phenomenon notable for the casting of Canadian Olympic athlete Ben Johnson, who relinquished his gold medal when he tested positive for doping, in a minor role.

The film is based on true events from the 1970’s and already covered by Halonen in his documentary When Heroes Lie (2011). In the 1970’s the Finnish national ski team included a person who, due to his exceptional blood-type, functioned as a living blood supply. 

“One part of the film takes place at the World Championships in Central Europe, and another at the Olympic Games in North America in the 1980′s," Halonen said. The film spent two weeks shooting in Croatia in February. 

Shooting wrapped April 2013, with one shooting day left in June. A Patriotic Man/Isänmaallinen is produced by Halonen’s Art Films Production in coproduction with Igor A. Nola’s Mainframe -Zagreb

The budget is 1.7m EUR, Nola told FNE. The project received a grant of 740,000 EUR from the Finnish Film Foundation. It is also supported by Eurimages with 200,000 EUR, and by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Halonen co-wrote the script with Jouni K. Kemppainen. The film stars Martti Suosalo and Pamela Tola.The Finnish premiere is set for 4 December 2013.

Production Information

Art Films production AFP Ltd.

Merimiehenkatu 10, 00150 Helsinki, Finland

Phone: +358 9 4159 3640

Fax: +358 9 4159 3690

www.artfilmsproduction.com 

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Mainframe Production

Nova cesta 60, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Phone: + 385 1 382 11 55

           + 385 1 382 20 22

Fax: + 385 1 4836 039

www.mainframeproduction.com 

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Credits

Director: Arto Halonen 

Script: Arto Halonen , Jouni K. Kemppainen

Cast: Martti Suosalo and Pamela Tola, Janne Reinikainen, Mikko Kouki, Satu Paavola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Pirjo Lonka, Kari Ketonen, Lauri Tilkanen, Katja Küttner, Ben Johnson

 

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