Helmer Kaurismaki's pic among those getting grants
MOSCOW — The secrets and lies passed down through three generations of women from one family over 70 years and a hard-nosed political drama are among the subjects of films that have received grants in the latest round of Finnish Film Foundation pay outs.Saara Cantell’s “Stars Above” — a tale of three women from one family who face difficult mid-life choices across the decades — gets €530 000 ($761,000) toward its $1.7 million budget. Musical “Nightwish — Imaginarium,” directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, receives $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget. Mika Kaurismaki’s father-and-son bonding road movie, “Road to the North” gets $530,000 toward its $1.2 million budget. Maarit Lalli’s coming-of-age melodrama “Almost 18” receives $215,000 for its $450,000 budget. Director Mikael Marcimain’s political thriller “Call Girl,” a co-production between Finland, Norway, Sweden and Ireland, gets $185,000. Film’s budget is $5.9 million. TrustNordisk is handling international sales. There’s $170,000 toward the $395,000 budget of Teemu Nikki’s “3 Simos” — a comedy about a love triangle focusing on two crooks, a single mother and a baby. Rodrigo Areias’ “Hay Road,” about a man who returns to Portugal to avenge the death of his brother, gets $7,500 toward the $305,000 budget of the Portuguese-Finnish co-production. Two Finnish films have also won support from Eurimages. Petri Kotwica’s “King Rat,” a co-production with Estonia, received a $360,000 production grant while $130,000 went to director Viviane Blumenschein’s “Cheek to Cheek — Argentinians Discover the Finnish Tango,” a German-Finnish-Argentinian co-production.