MAN AND A BABY WAS CHOSEN AS BEST NORDIC FEATURE 2017 AT THE NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK
The producer of the movie Markus Selin, the director Marja Pyykkö and the leading actor Petteri Summanen all attended the ceremony last weekend in New York. The awarded movie is produced by Solar Films and distributed by Nordisk Film.
The Festival Jury commented Man and a Baby as follows: “Told with dark humor and a sense of melancholy, the story cleverly avoids all traps and clichés, and creates a world of love and pain.”
Comments director Pyykkö: “This is a great honor! We are all surprised and overwhelmed about this unexpected victory.” Producer Selin adds: “Wonderful. This is a fantastic acknowledgement for the whole cast and crew, especially considering our domestic distribution dispute. It is great that the critics and the audiences have found the movie and appreciate it. There is no way we can thank the moviegoers enough for taking the trouble to see this film.”
The dispute Selin is referring to is a stalemate between Solar Films, Nordisk Film and Finnkino, the leading movie theater chain in Finland. Because of the differences of opinion, the movie can’t be seen in any Finnkino cinemas in the whole Finland.
After two weeks almost 65 000 spectators – a phenomenal figure under the exceptional circumstances
The movie premiered in Finland in October 6th. After two weeks in release, it has almost 65 000 spectators in theatrical release. The figure is remarkable in normal conditions and under the exceptional screening circumstances, the amount can de described as phenomenal.
The sales manager of Nordisk Film, Petri Viljanen, comments: “It is an outstanding figure. I’d like to thank all the theaters and the alternative venues that have screened the movie. They have made all this possible and it’s fantastic to see how people all over Finland have taken the extra trouble fo find this film.”
A list of all the venues screening Man and a Baby can be found at:
Man and a Baby is based on the popular novel with the same title by Eve Hietamies. The main cast of this side-splitting comedy includes Petteri Summanen and Marja Salo. The supporting cast includes well-famed actors, such as Ria Kataja, Marjaana Maijala, Niko Saarela, Juha Muje, Ulla Tapaninen, Hannele Lauri, Anna-Maija Tuokko, Pihla Viitala, Lauri Tilkanen, Minttu Mustakallio, Leea Klemola, Ona Kamu and Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä.
The screenplay is written by the director Marja Pyykkö and author Marko Leino. The movie is produced by Markus Selin and Jukka Helle and distributed by Nordisk Film.