Funds go to 'Nicholas,' 'Purge'
MOSCOW — Finnish helmer-scribe Antti J. Jokinen, who made his feature debut this year with Hilary Swank starrer “The Resident,” has been awarded Euros 800,000 ($1.04 million) in production support by the Finnish Film Foundation for family fantasy pic “Nicholas of the North.”The Estar Studios’ pic, about a hero who saves his country from the forces of evil, is scripted by Jokinen and Matthew Wilder. It is being produced by Juha Wuolijoki, Tristan Lynch and Kwesi Dickson. Another film from Jokinen, “Purge,” is also benefiting from FFF coin. Based on Sofi Oksanen’s best-selling novel, the pic tells the story of two women from different eras linked by tales of deceit, desperation and fear. It spans the horrors of Stalinist Soviet Union and the modern terrors of the Russian mafia. The pic, which is lensing, receives $821,000 from the FFF toward its $3.13 million budget. It toplines Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke, Krista Kosonen, Peter Franzen and Tommi Korpela. The film, produced by Jukka Helle and Markus Selin of Solar Films, and Kristian Taska and Maria Avdjushko of Taska Film, is being repped by TrustNordisk. Simo Halinen’s “Pizza Desperata,” a take on the complex modern manners of romantic relationships, nabbed $650,000, more than half the film’s budget. Pic is produced by Finnish broadcaster YLE. Dealing with the same subject, Matti Ijas’ “Things We Do for Love,” about a shy man who falls in love only to find his girlfriend’s jealous ex-husband returns with a vengeance, gets $884,000 — around half its budget. Rax Rinnekangas’ “Water Mark,” about a half Jewish photographer working in Venice, receives $130,000 toward its budget of $195,000. Leo Barraclough contributed to this article.