Klaus Härö’s new film receives production funding from Finnish Film Foundation

Klaus Härö‘s latest film, titled Dark Christ, has received funding in the latest round of production support from the Finnish Film Foundation.

Härö’s previous film, The Fencerwas nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign-language film. Now he is back with Dark Christ (Tumma Kristus), which is a 1 575 000,00 € project to be produced by Making Movies Oy. The film will be about Olavi, an aged and shabby art dealer who is planning to retire. He finds a painting that is much more valuable than his colleagues have priced it. He decides to try and prove for the last time for himself, his colleagues and his estranged family that he can make it. Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg will produce the script, which is written by Anna Heinämaa.

Also receiving support is Impaled Rektum, which sounds like practically the most Finnish movie ever. Directed by Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laaso, the film is about a born loser who lost in a children’s song contest who tries to overcome his sickening stage fright and lead the worst heavy metal band in Finland to the wildest heavy festival of Norway. It will be produced by Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Oy, with Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio and Aleksi Puranen writing the script.

Also receiving funding is the World War II drama Homeland (Oma maa), which takes place in the period from 1945 to 1952. During the period, Finland had to settle over 440,000 evacuees and war invalids from Karelia. Over 100,000 new homes were built during this period. Homeland will be directed by Markku Pölönen, produced by Jukka Helle, Markus Selin, Risto Salomaa and Jukka Vidgren for Solar Films Inc. Oy and will shoot from this summer.

The comedy film Laugh or Die (Suomen hauskin mies) has received 1 664 000 € in production support. It follows Parikka, the actor once called the Funniest Man in Finland, and his troupe. They are about to be executed for the atrocities committed during the Civil War in Finland. Jaeger Lieutenant Nyborg, an admirer of Parikka, suspects a definite miscarriage of justice. He wants to save the actors. The forthcoming visit of the German General von der Goltz to the prison island provides him with a suitable opportunity. Nyborg suggests that the actors prepare a comical performance for the visitor and not be shot. Instead, they will be given a new trial. Preparing a comedy in the horrible circumstances, in the midst of hunger and death, seems quite an overwhelming task. Only a handful of real actors are still alive, the rest of the troupe consists of stagehands. Parikka has to use all his inventive skills to be able to produce something funny. Laugh or Die will be directed by Heikki Kujanpää, produced by Klaus Heydemann, and will shoot this year.

To see the full list of recipients, click here. 



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.