Finnish filmmaker Atso Pärnänen finalising REINDEER IN THE MIST

Finnish director Atso Pärnänen is currently in post-production on his latest film Reindeer in the Mist, which is a western-style film shot in Northern Finland.

Pärnänen’s first feature film was In Clear Sight, which is set in the Cold War during the 1980s and follows two American soldiers in East Germany who are keeping an eye on enemy exercises. They meet a local woman who wants to defect to the West, and then have to choose between their mission and trying to help her.

In his new film Reindeer in the Mist, after a mission carried out by three intelligence operatives goes awry, they find themselves in the wilderness of the Arctic and must sort it out, with reputations to be cleaned and truths to be uncovered.

Reindeer in the Mist was shot by Mika Vartiainen last winter in Lapland, reuniting some of the cast and crew from In Clear Sight. British and US actors Matthew Marsh, Todd Boyce, Natasha Staples and Louise Williams are joined by local talent Pekka Puolakka and the director himself in the Pärnänen-Puolakka production for Helsinki’s Action Learning, which also owns the distribution rights. Reindeer in the Mist will be premiered in the autumn.

You can watch the trailer for In Clear Sight below.


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.