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Peacemaker is a thrilling political drama series about the world of peacemaking, international arms trade and the deep-layered relationships of people in power. Capitalism, wars and power structures have created crises in the world that only a few are willing or capable of tackling. Peacemakers are working in extreme conditions, right where the crises are. Working in exceptional circumstances has become their everyday life, and crisis has become their normal state of being.

The series of 10 episodes is produced by MRP Matila Röhr Productions (Johanna Enäsuo and Marko Röhr). The story takes place in Turkey, Syria and Spain and the series is currently being shot on the Canary Islands, and later on, in Mainland Spain and in Turku, Finland.

Peacemaker is based on the original story created by producer Johanna Enäsuo and scriptwriter Eriikka Etholen and the series is directed by the internationally awarded Finnish director AJ Annila (The Eternal Road, Sauna, Jade Warrior), who is known for his compelling visual storytelling style.

We have been very impressed by the international interest Peacemaker has already raised. Peacemaker is one of the most interesting coming series of YLE drama with unique subject and storyline. It will be part of the N12 - Nordvision quality drama - programming and financed also by SVT, DR, NRK and RUV. ” says Jarmo Lampela, Head of Yle drama.

The series is produced in co-operation with multinational partners and it is targeted to a wide international audience. The series’ budget of 7.7 million euros is considerably higher than the average Finnish TV-series budget. Peacemaker’s international sales are handled through the Copenhagen based Sales Agent REinvent Studios International Sales.

We have already experienced international interest for Peacemaker among international buyers. With the excellent cast now attached we are sure that the series will travel and will get a global audience”, says Helene Aurø Sales & Marketing Director at Reinvent Studios.

The cast of the series is multinational. The main roles are played by two Finnish frontline actors, Irina Björklund and Mikko Nousiainen, as well as by Louise Peterhoff and Kardo Razzazi, known from multiple Swedish TV-series. The most recent attachment to Peacemaker is the German star Richard Sammel, who is known for example from his role in Quentin Tarantino´s film Inglourious Basterds, as well as from the films 3 Days to Kill and Casino Royale, and the drama series “The Strain” created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

To be part of a high end TV series like Peacemaker that focuses on the world of discrete diplomats trying to negotiate - often fragile or seemingly inexistent - solutions for war mongering opponents (whilst often being part of the same family with them!) is a highlight of my professional career and my social engagement. Peacemaker also shows the Shakespearean dimension of modern society where human interests all too often turn possible solutions into bloodbaths, families into graveyards - or find solutions even when the task seems hopeless! The love for realism, the quality of the writing, the cast and the production turns this project into one of the most appealing projects I have been proud to be part of." says Richard Sammel.

Other major roles are played by actors from Turkey, Iraq, France, Spain and the UK.

The principal shoot of Peacemaker has started in April 2019 in the Canary Islands, and the series is planned to air in late autumn 2020.

 

More information:

 

Producer

Johanna Enäsuo

MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy

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The series stars the Finnish actress Riitta Havukainen and Malaga-born actor Fran Perea. Cast members also include María Romero, Óscar Zafra and Emilio Palacios, and the Finnish actors Risto Tuorila, Carl-Christian Rundman and Armi Toivanen.

Riitta Havukainen and Fran Perea

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, Finnish public television network Yle and MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy are shooting “Paradise” on the Costa del Sol, a series starring Fran Perea (“The Serranos”, “Luna, el misterio de Calenda”, “La sonata del silencio”, “The Last Circus”) and Riitta Havukainen (“Fakta homma”, “Harjunpää ja heimolaiset”). Filmed in Finnish, Spanish and English, the crime drama is directed by Marja Pyykkö, responsible for police series “Hooked” and “Black Widows”, winner of the prestigious Golden Venla award; and with the collaboration of Matti Laine, author of detective novels and the series “Border Town” and “Bullets”, as head screenwriter. The series, which will be airing at the end of the year in Finland, was filmed in November on location in Finland, and from January on the Costa del Sol.

Ran Tellem, Head of International Content Development for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Emmy award winner as executive producer for “Homeland”, collaborated on the development of this dark themed series, consisting of 8 episodes. 

“Paradise” also features Spanish actors María Romero (“Historias románticas (un poco) cabronas”, “El olivo”), Óscar Zafra (“Querido maestro”, “Victim Nº 8”) and Emilio Palacios (“Servir y proteger”, “La zona”), among others; and the Finnish ones Risto Tuorila, Carl-Christian Rundman and Armi Toivanen, among others.  

The contrast between the cold north and the sunny south is the backbone of the plot, whose production began last October in the Finnish city of Oulu. It is in this difference between the dark and grey environments of the Nordic country, with its endless nights and very short days, and the sun and light of the Mediterranean, ever-present in the series filmed on the Costa del Sol, where one of the novel features of this fiction lies.

After filming in Oulu and the surrounding area, “Paradise” moved to the Costa del Sol, where there is an important Finnish community, founded in Fuengirola at the end of the 60’s and currently consisting of nearly 15,000 Finnish residents, a figure that increases in high season. Filming in Spain began at the end of January and will end on April 10.

 

In addition to sea and sun, the Finnish community have everything they need to feel at home: schools, lawyers and all the services they might need in their native tongue. They have a newspaper published in Finnish, a native Finnish doctor and, if all else fails, there’s a good Finnish undertaker ready to take over.

 

But what happens when Finns start showing up dead, murdered in paradise?

 

 

Photo: Riitta Havukainen and Fran Perea. ©Ana Belén Fernández

Over 20 000 people have seen Nature Symphony in Finland making it the most watched documentary in the beginning of 2019.

 

 

 

The film is part of the program of the “Finland 100” centenary celebration year 2017 and the premiere is planned for 22 September 2017.

 

The shooting  of the film Ikitie (The Eternal Road) directed by AJ Annila began in Tallinn, Estonia, 20 June 2016. The present shoots will take about six weeks and the last shooting period is scheduled for January 2017. The film is based on Antti Tuuri’s blockbuster book by the same title. Antti Tuuri has written the screenplay for the film together with AJ Annila.

 The film is realized as an international co-production between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. The producer of the film is Ilkka Matila from MRP Matila Röhr Productions in Finland, the co-producers are  Martin Person from Person Anagram in Sweden and Kristian Taska from Estonian Taska Film.  

 ”Finally we get to honor the memory of these people who followed their idealism to a strange country and died there, betrayed and forgotten”, producer Ilkka Matila remarks. “Silenced stories are an important part of the identity of all nations. The time always comes when they have to be told because it helps us to understand ourselves and our future.”

 The film’s cast is an impressive international ensemble, including Tommi Korpela, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ville Virtanen, Jonna Järnefelt, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Helen Söderqvist, Hendrik Toompere, Sampo Sarkola, Irina Björklund, Antti Virmavirta, Lembit Ulfsak, Emmi Parviainen and Eedit Patrakka.

 The music is composed by Swedish Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm and Ian Person, known from the highly popular band The Soundtrack of Our Lives.  Finnish-American Grammy Award winner Eric Peltoniemi and rap artist Paleface, who was awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation this year, will arrange music of American Finns for the film.

 

Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

Tale of a Lake in Cinemas on 15 January 2016!

 

Tale of a Lake is a film about the thousands of lakes that Finland is known for. It takes the viewers on an unprecedented adventure, ranging from the crystal clear springs all the way to the basins of the big lakes. It opens a whole new world of underwater nature for the viewers, and tells about the many old tales and beliefs in the land of thousands of lakes.

The story of the film is told through tales that are based around the myths, legends and old beliefs that are part of the Finnish mythology.