THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER breaks Finnish box office records upon release

The World War II drama The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) has broken the opening weekend record for a Finnish film at the Finnish box office.

170,213 viewers went to see the film over weekend screenings and previous.

The Unknown Soldier is the most expensive Finnish film ever made at an estimated €7m.

Directed by Aku Louhimies, the film is the story of an infantry unit’s tour of duty that lasts for more than three years during the Finnish Continuation War. The film is the story of Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms. It shows how friendship, humour, and the will to live unites these men on their way there and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front, and also leaves its mark on the entire nation. It is an adaptation of Väinö Linna’s best-selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel’s unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

There are currently plans to turn the film into a four-part television series.


The Unknown Soldier will be screening at the American Film Market this week, so hopefully we’ll hear some international releases soon!

You can learn more about the film at their official website. 

Source: Screen

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.