Production Support - The Finnish Film Foundation - June 2010

The Finnish Film Foundation has granted production support to the following feature-length films:

Film Commissioner Jukka Asikainen:

Feature-length fiction

The Storage (Varasto)

Director: Taru Mäkelä
Script: Veli-Pekka Hänninen, based on a novel by Arto Salminen
Cinematography: Jouko Seppälä F.S.C.
Editing: Tuuli Kuittinen
Sound design: Kyösti Väntänen
Music: tba
Set design: Tiina Paavilainen
Costumes: Merja Väisänen
Make-up design: tba
Cast: Peter Franzén, Minttu Mustakallio, Aku Hirviniemi, Hannele Lauri
Shooting: September - October 2010, March 2011
Premiere: Autumn 2011
Distribution in Finland: Nordisk Film
Financing TV company: MTV 3
International Sales: tba
Budget: 748 000 €
Total Support of The Finnish Film Foundation: 340 000 €
Production: Taru Mäkelä, Jouko Seppälä, Markku Tuurna / Kinosto Oy
Tel. +358 50 5413 187
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Henkivartija (working title)

After an unlucky and scandalous premiere the actress LEILA, 38, escapes to the family summer
house by the lake in the countryside. The peaceful holiday with her sons Ilmari and Unto is disrupted when Leila invites some friends over for a rowdy weekend. Afterwards Leila asks the charismatic and unpredictable writer AIMO, 47, to stay for a few days with her and the boys. In the eyes of ILMARI,19, Aimo is a dangerous intruder.

Director: Zaida Bergroth
Script: Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth
Cinematography: Anu Keränen
Editing: Jan Forsström
Sound design: Micke Nyström
Set design: Tytti Tiri, Okku Rahikainen
Costumes: Sari Suominen
Make-up design: Pia Mikkonen
Cast: Elina Knihtilä, Samuli Niittymäki, Eero Aho, Anna Paavilainen, Eetu Julin
Shooting: July 2010
Premiere: March 2011
Distribution in Finland: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Finland
Financing TV company: YLE
International Sales: tba
Budget: 560 000 €
Total Support of The Finnish Film Foundation: 280 000 €
Production: Elli Toivoniemi, Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff / Oy Bufo Ab

Film Commissioner Kaisu Isto:

Minority co-productions

Summer Window (Das Fenster zum Sommer)
(co-production Germany, Finland)

A new life has begun for Juliane. She has just met August, fallen head over heels in love, and left her long-term partner Philipp for him. She and August are now on their way to north Finland to celebrate midsummer´s night with Juliane´s father. It is a warm, wonderful summer´s day that is coming to a peaceful end.

The next morning, Juliane is woken by unusual noises that do not match the atmosphere she fell asleep in the night before. Startled, she slowly realises that she is in her old bedroom in Berlin, listening to her old boyfriend Philip taking a shower and making coffee. He comes into the bedroom to wake her up. Juliane is mortified - what has happened? It gradually dawns on her: it is winter, February, and thus 5 months earlier than the previous night. She is back in her old life - the one she had before she met August.

Director: Hendrik Handloegten
Script: Hendrik Handloegten
Cinematography: Peter Przybylski
Editing: Elena Bromund
Sound design: tba
Music: Timo Hietala
Set design: Yesim Zolan
Costumes: Anette Guther
Make-up design: Barbara Kreuzer
Cast: Nina Hoss, Fritzi Haberlandt, Mark Waschke, Lars Eidinger, Christoph Bach
Shooting: July 2010
Premiere: tba
Distribution in Finland: YLE
Financing TV company: YLE
International Sales: tba
Budget: 3 200 000 €
Total Support of The Finnish Film Foundation: 80 000 €
Finnish producer: Liisa Penttilä / Edith Film
Tel. +358 9 6124 9660
Fax +358 9 6227 0026
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German Producer: Maria Köpf / Zentropa Entertainments Berlin GmbH

Parked (Jumissa)
(co-production Ireland, Finland)

When mobile homeless man Fred Daly loses his job in London he starts his car and ends up in a seaside car park near his old family home in Dublin, a city he hasn´t seen in years.

With his aged father deteriorating in a nursing home and no job prospects, Fred´s life soon shrinks to a series of mundane routines. Until his world is opened up by Cathal, a chaotic, dope-smoking twenty-one year old who pulls up in a little yellow car.

With a car park and a troubled history with their fathers in common, the unlikely duo become friends. Cathal´s infectious energy rubs off on Fred. He modifies his car to make it more comfortable, challenges the welfare system and visits his father. At the local swimming pool he begins to fall for Jules, a well-travelled music teacher, but is too proud to be honest with her about where he lives. Meanwhile Cathal´s dream of becoming a holiday rep is threatened by his escalating drug habit. About to achieve their goal of getting Fred a house, Cathal suffers a violent beating from his dealers, takes an overdose and dies.

The death of Cathal leaves Fred a changed man, finally able to reconnect with his own father and open up fully to Jules, the woman he has been too afraid to be honest with until now.

Parked is a moving, uplifting film about friendship, honesty and the importance of feeling truly at home.

Director: Darragh Byrne
Script: Ciaran Creagh
Sound design: Kirka Sainio
Music: Niall Byrne
Cast: Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan, Milka Ahlroth, David Kelly, Michael McElhatton
Shooting: January - February 2010
Premiere: November 2010
Distribution in Finland: Sandrew Metronome Finland
Financing TV company: RTE
International Sales: tba
Budget: 1 100 000 €
Total Support of The Finnish Film Foundation: 100 000 €
Finnish producer: Aleksi Bardy, Annika Sucksdorff / Helsinki -filmi
Tel. +358 9 7740 300
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Irish producer: Dominic Wright, Jacqueline Kerrin / Ripple World Pictures


Satu Elo
Information Officer International Promotion / kulttuuriviennin tiedottaja
The Finnish Film Foundation / Suomen elokuvasäätiö
Kanavakatu 12
FI-00160 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 6220 3020
Fax +358 9 6220 3050
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