Italy’s I Marvel Footage has boarded Finnish comedy “The Participant” as a co-producer ahead of its bow at Haugesund’s enterprise sidebar New Nordic Films. 







The company may even cope with native distribution. The mission is directed by Teemu Nikki and produced by It’s Alive Films’ Jani Pösö. 

“I take into consideration Teemu Nikki as the simplest European directors. He’s wise, prolific and always stunning,” Andrea Romeo, I Marvel Footage’ fundamental supervisor and head of acquisitions, instructed Choice. 

“I really feel that his cinema will be an increasing number of appreciated on this planet, along with in Italy. His movement footage always focus on needed factors, defending an excellent stability between black comedy and auteur cinema. It’s moreover a unbelievable pleasure for us to work with a producer like Jani and a company as prestigious as It’s Alive Films.”



The Finnish duo has merely been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize for his or her earlier film “The Blind Man Who Did Not Must See Titanic,” moreover awarded in Venice. 

Their 2017 launch, “Euthanizer,” was chosen as Finland’s Oscar submission, whereas children’s film “Snot & Splash” is already throughout the works, promising to ship yet one more darkish twist, as its protagonists ought to take a break from their journey and save the world from getting sucked proper right into a black hole. 

In “The Participant,” about “essentially the most inexpensive drivers throughout the hearse enterprise,” enjoying meets unlikely friendship as two males – “Tom of Finland’s” Pekka Strang and Jari Virman – uncover themselves in a no-way-out state of affairs. 



“It’s most probably the right film now we have now made so far,” talked about Jani Pösö, mentioning his and Nikki’s signature “entertaining methodology to deadly crucial subjects.”

“The precept character, carried out by Pekka, is a enjoying addict. He has a thoughts nonetheless no coronary coronary heart, and his solely pal discovers his thoughts works solely at 15% functionality. It’s based mostly totally on an actual story Teemu study: an individual was dwelling a standard life, had a headache, went to the doctor’s and that’s what they discovered. We title him the 85% brainless man.” 

The film will focus on enjoying, or dependancy often, from Strang’s character perspective.

“I wanted to make a comedy about an addict. A couple of man, Risto, who lies, steals and makes use of all people spherical him and who’s solely pal is an individual with out a thoughts, Arto. And, in any case, I wanted to embody them with dying, so I made them hearse drivers,” supplies Nikki, who moreover wrote the story.  

The Participant



Credit score rating: Jari Salo

“Risto has destroyed his life all by himself and Arto has misplaced his family, job and residential because of rapidly, he has change right into a joke. Every morning they look ahead to any person to die to get money so that Risto can gamble.”

Then they arrive all through an underground on line on line casino, the place the game of Russian roulette is carried out. Their new job is to keep up the avid gamers’ lifeless our our bodies.

“The film will be, as soon as extra, a pitch-black comedy the place you’ll snort and cry,” he says. 

“I’d even title it a superb pitch-black comedy. With some action-thriller elements. These guys, they end up enjoying with their very personal lives!” well-known Pösö, together with the mission is “fully totally different nonetheless the an identical” for the company.  

“You’ll say that we’re inclined to have irregular initiatives and common initiatives, and this one is form of common. Nevertheless as quickly as as soon as extra, we’re on the lookout for new strategies of telling a story.” 

“Everyone knows how crucial Pekka and Jari are when it comes to work. They really want to develop their characters, so Teemu launched them on really early. Usually, you in no way have time to rehearse – we aren’t in Hollywood. Although they most probably don’t have the time each.” 

Nevertheless there’s a bittersweet side to the model new mission. Their longtime collaborator, cinematographer Jyrki Arnikari, handed away within the summertime, with “The Participant” marking his ultimate credit score rating.  

“He was a pal and a type of mentor to us. It’s sad nonetheless I’m snug we acquired to do this collectively,” admitted Pösö. Whereas the workforce has already shot a demo, principal footage will start in October, with the premiere set for 2023. 

“We hope it’s solely the first co-production with I Marvel Footage,” talked about Pösö.  

“It’s a model new chapter for us and our method of making motion pictures. And it feels good.”

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