RENNY HARLIN COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF CLASS REUNION 3
One of the first movies in the world to shoot entirely during Covid-19.
Director Renny Harlin has completed shooting a Solar Films production Class Reunion 3, which is a third consecutive chapter of a highly successful comedy series in Finland. The shooting was finalized on Friday, August 7th, as one of the very first films to have been shot entirely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Harlin started filming at the end of June in a highly exceptional time under gradually diminishing Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in exceptional safety regulations. Class Reunion 3 was one of the first full length movies in Finland and in the world which started the production after the epidemic peak as well. The production was also the first one with a specifically allocated person to supervise safety regulations on set, such as safety distances, hygienic regulations, meal service etc.
Harlin tells about the effects of this exceptional project: “The pandemic has been a difficult and painful time for many in our business all around the world. My heart goes out to those who have suffered. On a positive note it offered me a unique opportunity to slow down and re-discover my creative voice. I wrote two scripts and shot one of them in Finland. We followed safety protocols and the production went smoothly and without a single hitch.“
He also wants to thank his team of the successfully ended filming: “I’m thankful to the producers, the entire production team and actors for their commitment and trust. We’ve proven that even in the most challenging circumstances our team spirit can produce miracles. I’m confidently moving on to my next project and wish my colleagues and friends health and happiness for their future projects and lives.”
The movie will be theatrically released in the spring season 2021. It is based on a Danish movie series Klassefesten like its two predecessors. Class Reunion 3 is produced by Markus Selin (Mr.) and Jukka Helle (Mr.), the two leading Finnish movie and tv producers. Class Reunion 3 was written by Renny Harlin and Mari Perankoski (Ms.), one the leading comediennes and actors in Finland with a record of successful writing endeavors. The movie is the first Finnish language project in a highly successful career of the Finnish-born director.
The movie stars Jaajo Linnonmaa (Mr.), the most popular radio host in Finland, Aku Hirviniemi (Mr.), a Finnish super star of drama and comedy and Sami Hedberg (Mr.), the most popular stand up comedian in Finland, all of them household names as well. The first two movies of the franchise had over 800 000 admissions in cinemas in Finland, counting 14.54 percentage of the country’s population of 5.5 million.
Solar Films is owned by a Scandinavian media company Egmont and Mr. Markus Selin.