$790,000 grant goes to 'Above Dark Waters'

MOSCOW — Finland’s film commissioners have announced grants totalling nearly $2.8 million to national films and Scandinavian feature co-productions in the latest funding round.

The Finnish Film Foundation, which runs a system where individual film commissioners are empowered to approve funds, said film commissioner Kaisu Isto had signed off on a $790,000 grant for “Above Dark Waters,” a $1.8 million budgeted coming-of-age film about a family break up seen through the eyes of a young boy.

Film, based on a best-selling novel, is directed by Peter Franzen, and produced by Markus Sellin and Jukka Helle of Helsinki’s Solar Films.

There is also $880,000 for romcom “The Only Ones,” directed by Saara Cantell and produced by Jarkko Hentula.

“Conversations Between Men,” about a novelist writing about an immigrant Croat handyman accused of war crimes, directed by Jarmo Lampela and produced by Vegetarian Films, gets $32,500.

Co-productions, including “Pioneer,” a Norwegian tale of deep sea diving, and “Detective Office Lessemaja — the Seven Wonders,” a children’s adventure tale, co-produced with Sweden, share $315,000.

There is also $848,000 granted by film commissioner Jukka Asikainen to political farce “Kekkonen,” directed by Marja Pyykko from a script by television satirist Elias Koskimies, whose directorial debut “Dirty Bomb” was released last year.

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