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Zaida Bergroth begins shooting her new film in Estonia

The Finnish director Zaida Bergroth has began filming her new film in Estonia, Cineuropa reports.

Called Maria’s Paradise, the film is based on the real-life story of Maria Åkerblom’s controversial sect, whose members became notorious and were accused of several crimes in 1920s Finland.  The story is about a disappearance of a young girl. 

Bergroth’s most recent film was Miami, a neo-noir tale of two reunited sisters who struggle to pay back a debt. Miami did screen at some festivals around Europe, and you can read our review of it here. 

Maria’s Paradise is written by Anna Vittala and Jan Forsström, with Vittala conducting extensive research about the historical event. The cast includes Pihla Viitala, Tommi Korpela, Saga Sakola, and Elin Knihtilä. The release date is set for autumn 2019. 

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.