Finnish pubcaster YLE to produce Chilean military coup thriller

Finnish pubcaster YLE is teaming up with Santiago de Chile’s Parox to develop the television series Invisible Heroes, Variety reports.

The series will be a ‘political drama-thriller’ set during Chile’s 1973 military coup. The real-facts-inspired drama follows Tapani Brotherus, a rookie Finnish diplomat that hides political refugees in his residence when General Augusto Pinochet’s tanks appear in the streets of Santiago. Tapani works in secret, not only from the Chilean military junta, but also from the media and the Finnish government, which proclaims a neutral and passive political position. While Tapani risks his career and his family’s safety by hiding refugees at home, the Finnish press accuses him of doing nothing.

The six-hour mini-series will use Finnish, Spanish and English as it shoots on locations across Chile and Finland.

The series is co-written by Tarja Kylma and Manuela Infante Guell.

To learn more about the series, head to Variety. 


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.