Focus On Finland: Nordic Genre Industry Days Spotlights Upcoming European Genre Films
Later this week, Jalmari Helander's Big Game will open in select U.S. theaters, representing the first notable Finnish genre production (or co-production) to hit the States since the director's Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale a few years ago.
But Helander is hardly the only Finnish filmmaker on the genre scene. Back in April, I was grateful for the opportunity to sit in on the sessions held during the inaugural edition of Nordic Genre Industry Days, held in conjunction with the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki, Finland. Then in May, Nordic genre cinema got another boost from its presence at the Cannes International Film Festival and Marche du Film, where the focus shifted to three more films that drew interest from attendees.
What follows is a distillation of both events, with details provided first on a couple of Finnish projects presented at Nordic Genre Industry Days, and then the films showcased in Cannes -- including a Norwegian entry -- with details provided via press release.
All the projects are in various stages of development, some more advanced than others. This is in keeping with the intention of the European Genre Forum initiative, which is to foster collaboration between creative talents, both those who are newer to filmmaking and those with many years of experience.
Prospective backers of such projects have different priorities than I do as a prospective viewer, of course; they have to take into account the financial viability of the project as well as assess the capability of the individuals involved to complete the project from a creative and practical standpoint.
With those provisos in mind, click through to read about two of the extremely intriguing film projects that were pitched in the gallery below. Note that all projects have already been publicly announced; also, I've omitted any financial details discussed.