Magazine article Screen International

Arrow Films Takes 'Unknown Soldier' for UK (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Arrow Films Takes 'Unknown Soldier' for UK (Exclusive)

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Arrow acquires UK rights from Beta Cinema for the Finnish war film and its TV series.

The Unknown Soldier

Arrow Films has taken UK/Ireland rights to Unknown Soldier from Beta Cinema, to release both the feature film version and a new ’5x50’ TV series of the project.

Aku Louhimies’ war epic, the most expensive Finnish film ever made at an estimated [Euro]7m, recently broke the opening weekend record for a local-language film at the Finnish box office.

Adapted from one of Finland’s most popular books, Väinö Linna’s 1954 novel, Unknown Soldier is the story of a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers in the battlefield between Finland and the Soviet Union.

The film shot for 80 days, and its release ties into the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence.

In addition to directing the film as a longtime passion project, Louhimies is now creating five 50-minute episodes for TV from the material. …

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