Director Aku Louhimies to film a remake of The Unknown Soldier for the 100th anniversary of Finland’s Independence

via press release

 Aku Louhimies announced today that funding for the remake of The Unknown Soldier has been fully secured and filming will start in Summer 2016. The premiere is scheduled for December 2017, when Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence. 

 Set in the last stretches of the Second World War, the Unknown Soldier is a story of a regiment of ordinary Finnish soldiers in the battlefield between Finland and the Soviet Union.

 “The story of The Unknown Soldier is engraved in our national identity, and should not be forgotten. To be true to the ideology of the original novel, I’m not keen on presenting heroes but to illustrate the experience of war as realistically as possible,” director Aku Louhimies says.

 Critically and publicly acclaimed novel of author Väinö Linna, published in 1954, has been filmed twice before. Both versions (Edvin Laine, 1955 and Rauni Mollberg, 1985) have become most watched movies of their eras and their characters considered as national heritage. A new English translation of the book has been published by Penguin Books in 2015 with the title Unknown Soldiers.

 The film will be produced by Aku Louhimies’ new production company Suomi 2017. The majority of the funding has been sourced from private investors. Other significant funding bodies are the Finnish Film Foundation and the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. In addition to the feature film a four-part drama series will be produced.

 Aku Louhimies is an award-winning director and screenwriter. Over the last decade his highly acclaimed, commercially successful films have established him as one of the most preeminent directors of Scandinavian cinema today. Louhimies is just back in Helsinki after spending months in Dublin, where he’s been filming Rebellion, a five-part serial drama for RTÉ, Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster. Rebellion will be broadcast on RTÉ One in 2016.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.