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
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