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Finnish writer-director Anti-Jussi Annila has started principal photography on his third feature, titled The Eternal Road.

The film is special for Finland as it will be launched on the 22nd of September 2017 as part of Finland 100 – the celebration of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917. The Finland 100 Years state organisation will organise the official functions of the celebration under the theme of ‘Togetherness’, including a film programme.

The very Nordic cast headed up by Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen and Finnish actor Tommi Korpela, and also including Ville Virtanen, Jonna Järnefelt, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Helen Söderqvist, Hendrik Toompere, Sampo Sarkola, Irina Björklund, Antti Virmavirta, Lembit Ulfsak, Emmi Parviainen and Eedit Patrakka, will perform in The Eternal Road, an adaptation of Finnish author Antti Tuuri’s bestselling 2011 novel.

The Eternal Road was the route that Finnish right-wing extremists used in 1930 when they forcibly transported communists, or people they believed to be communists, to and across the Soviet border.