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Finnish-Swedish co-production Rasberry Boat Refugee has won The Nordic Film Award Haugesund, an award given by the Norwegian International Film Festival. the award consists of NOK 40,000 and goes to the director of the best Nordic film.

The jury members awarding the The Nordic Film Award were Guttorm Pettersson, Monique Sjøberg - Film & Kino and Edelh Ingebrigtsen from Nordkapp Filmfestival. The jury gave the following motivation for awarding:

"It is difficult to choose a favorite amongst so many films in different genres. Our joint decision is an apparently easygoing and wild comedy, but with serious intentions and pinpointing the naive and simplified perception of differences between two neighboring countries. The story is also about the feeling of not fitting into the role you are expected to fill. The main character feels that he is a cultural transvestite.

The winner is Rasberryboat Refugee / Hallonbåtsflyktningen"

Rasberry Boat Refugee is produced by Ilkka Matila for Matila Röhr Productions and  Patrick Ryborn For Eyeworks Scandi Fiktion. The film has been directed by Leif Lindblom. The film will have its Finnish opening on October 3rd and will be distributed by Nordisk Film distribution.

Rasberry Boat Refugee tells the story of Mikko Virtanen, who is a national transvestite. He is a Swedish soul trapped in a Finnish body. Upon meeting the Swedish suicidal psychologist Mikael Anderson, an opportunity for an identity switch presents itself. Raspberry Boat Refugee is an amusing comedy about cultural differences among the Nordic countries and prejudices about our neighbours.

The Norwegian International Film Festival has been held annually in Haugesund, Norway since 1973. Rasberry Boat Refugee was screened in festival's Nordic Focus sidebar, which was organized for the fifth time this year. Nordic Focus has become an important and popular part of the festival's Nordic profile.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:55

Tale Of A Lake

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. 
In cinemas Christmas 2015.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:36


"Noste" is an aesthetic exploration of the underwater world of dance. "Noste" was filmed in April 2014. The choreographer and dancer is Etel Röhr.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00


The Guldbagge award-winning Swedish actor Jonas Karlsson has the title role in Leif Lindblom’s comedy Raspberry Boat Refugee currently filming in Sweden. Other cast members include Josephine Bornebusch, Frida Hallgren, Suzanne Reuter, Jarmo Mäkinen and Erik Johansson. Karlsson who starred in SVT’s recent dramas The Molanders and Death of a Pilgrim isplaying a Finn who is bored with his life and native country and decides to switch life with a Swede that he meets on a ferry. Lindblom said his film is about the detour in life that people sometimes have to take to understand that what they really are looking for is right under their nose.

The film loosely based on Miika Nousiainen’s eponymous novel, is a co-produced between Finland’s Matila Röhr Production and Sweden’s Eyeworks Film & TV with co-financing from Film i Väst, YLE, SVT, support from the Finnish and Swedish film institutes and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Nordisk Film is handling the domestic theatrical release.

Saturday, 21 September 2013 13:46

Tale of a Forest - Biggest Finnish Doc Ever

For producer Marko Röhr, the film’s success is down to the sweeping and unique wildlife material, patiently filmed over eight years by Hannu Siitonen, Mikko Pöllänen and Teemu Liakka, and the narration focusing on myths and legends of Finnish forests that made it appealing for audiences of all ages across the country. “We’ve had a lot of schools who came to see the film, as well as elderly people who can’t enjoy going to the forests anymore,” says Röhr, himself a fervent environmentalist. For him, screen digitization has also been crucial to the film’s success in rural areas and small to mid-size cities. “In some towns on the Eastern part of Finland the film beat James Bond’s Skyfall and in one cinema it sold more tickets than Titanic! Over 70% of all tickets sold were from cinemas outside of the Finnkino circuit,” notes Röhr.

Tale of a Forest’s music composer Panu Aalto recently won the prestigious International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Documentary Score.