Magazine article Screen International

'Borgen' Star Joins 'The Eternal Road'

Magazine article Screen International

'Borgen' Star Joins 'The Eternal Road'

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Borgen and The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined the cast of The Eternal Road (Ikitie), the Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama directed by AJ Annila that begins shooting in Estonia today (June 20).

Ilkka Matila produces for Helsinki-based MRP Matila Rohr Productions while co-producers are Martin Person from Sweden's Person Anagram and Kristian Taska from Estonia's Taska Film.

The film, which will shoot for about six weeks between now and January 2017, is based on Antti Tuuri's bestselling book of the same name; Tuuri has written the screenplay alongside the director.

Tommi Korpela (A Man's Job) plays Jussi Ketola, an American who returns to his Finnish homeland during the Great Depression. He is abducted by right wing thugs and flees to establish a new life in the Soviet Union where American immigrants take part in building a worker's paradise until Stalin's government turns against them.

The cast also includes 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 film is one of the 'Finland 100' projects being made as part of the celebration of 100 years of Finnish independence in 2017 and is set for a Finnish premiere on September 22 of next year. …

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