Mikko Nousiainen, 32, in the leading role in  Mannerheim film premiering October 2009

Solar Films’ Mannerheim is the biggest film project ever in Finland.

Mikko Mikko Nousiainen was hired for the role two years ago.

The biggest film project ever in Finland, a 10 Million euro drama film about Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867-1951), will be completed after many twists, the premiere being scheduled for 30 October 2009.

The script written by Heikki Vihinen will be directed by Renny Harlin and produced by Markus Selin. The leading role will be played by the 32-year-old actor Mikko Nousiainen.

The project started in the early 2000s, when the Champion of Liberty association and Solar Films decided to co-operate in the project. After that, the planned premiere was shifted several times. Also the plans to produce an international co-production with foreign actors had to be dropped.

However, Solar Films did not want to produce a low budget version, and the goal was set to 10 Million euros.

After years of hard work the production can finally be started and the film can be made without compromising the original idea.

Out of the total 10 main co-operative partners the following have been confirmed so far: VR Corporate group, Sinebrychoff, Neste Oil, Fortum, Muuttopalvelu Niemi, Nova Group and Kehittyvien maakuntien Suomi. The value of the closed deals so far is 1,1 Million euro. The business co-operation is handled by Infront Finland, on behalf of Solar Films.

Other means of financing the project include e.g. the Mannerheim memorial medal, ordered by Champion of Liberty and aimed for the public.

The shooting of the film starts in autumn 2008 and lasts until summer 2009.

drama / biopic

director: RENNY HARLIN
producer: MARKUS SELIN
production company: Solar Films / Liberty Production
principal photography: autumn 2008 –  summer 2009
key locations: Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
languages: Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian, French
estimated budget: 10 million €
planned world premiere: 30.10.2009

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