Wednesday, 05 June 2019 00:00

Internationally awarded German actor Richard Sammel joins PEACEMAKER

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.

 

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Producer

Johanna Enäsuo

MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy

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