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.