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Scanbox takes Scandinavian rights for new Finnish film

Scanbox Entertainment has acquired the Scandinavian rights for Finnish director Mikko Kuparinen’s upcoming drama White Hunger.

This period drama is set in 1867 in Finland and tells the parallel stories of a mother forced to beg for food during a winter famine; and the wealthy Swedish doctor who falls in love with a prostitute. The story is adapted from Aki Ollikainen’s bestselling, Booker-longlisted novel of the same name.

The film, pitched at Haugesund’s co-production market this week, has also partnered with Sweden’s GötaFilm (Girls Lost) and Denmark’s Beofilm (Force Majeure).

White Hunger will also be pitched at Halifax’s Strategic Partners and Helsinki’s Finnish Film Affair in September, plus at Torino in November (the film is the first Finnish project in Torino’s AdaptLab).

 

Kuparinen’s previous features are Body Fat Index of Loveand 2 Nights Till Morning, the latter won best director at Montreal World Film Festival 2015.

No release date has been announced.

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.