6 x VARES! Private Eye Jussi Vares comes back

Six hard-boiled feature films for screen and TV from bestseller detective novels.

In the thick of the action is private eye and die-hard law student, Jussi Vares (played by Antti Reini), a creation familiar from the detective stories by Reijo Mäki.

Vares, a straight-forward man in his forties, hires his gun out to anyone for confidential investigations, not too many questions asked. A tough guy, Vares has only two weaknesses: cold beer and hot women and he can’t say no to either of them.

Vares series
directors ANDERS ENGSTRÖM, LAURI TÖRHÖNEN
producers MARKUS SELIN, JUKKA HELLE
screenwriters KATARIINA SOURI, MIKA KARTTUNEN, ANDERS ENGSTRÖM
production SOLAR FILMS
distributor NORDISK FILM
principal cinematography april-october 2010

Regular cast
Jussi Vares – ANTTI REINI
Juhani Luusalmi – EPPU SALMINEN
Pastori Alanen – MATTI ONNISMAA
Kyypakkaus – JASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN
Toimittaja Ruuhio – MIKKO LEPPILAMPI
Anna Huttunen – MARIA JÄRVENHELMI
Komisario Hautavainio – ILKKA HEISKANEN

Vares

Premieres

1. THE KISS OF EVIL
director Anders Engström, premiere 6.1.2011

2. THE GIRLS OF APRIL
direcor Lauri Törhönen, premiere 20.4.2011

3. GARTER SNAKE
direcor Lauri Törhönen, premiere 5.8.2011

4. THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS MEN
director Anders Engström, premiere 6.1.2012

5. GAMBLING CHIP
direcor Lauri Törhönen, premiere 2012

6. TANGO OF DARKNESS
director Lauri Törhönen, premiere 2012

Profile: private eye Jussi Valtteri Vares

Vares is a lonely rider. He has a way with woman but is afraid of falling in love. The violent death of a past lover lies behind that fear.

Vares is, after all, a man with an eye for the ladies. Though this relationship has the makings of something bigger. Jussi is not a gunslinger, but when the shit hits the fan he can perform with his hands. He doesn’t kill however. He’s a drinking man but one who can hold his liquor. Doesn’t seem to get drunk – or at least not too drunk. Has reasonable biceps and has been seen in the gym checking out his condition. Squash, golf and spinning are not on his agenda. Vares gulps down meatballs but leaves the salad on the plate. Not your salad-man type.

Born: on Midsummer evening 1958, Merikarvia, Finland.

Starsign: his standard story for the ladies is that according to the Chinese horoscope he is half bull, half pig. Alias Spam.

Education: some legal studies, passed three exams in five years. Greater achievements in the faculty of life.

Profession: private eye. Confidential investigations. Positive: can do good sometimes, even substantial good on occasion. Negative: lurks constantly in the shadows.

Favorite dish: pancake batter. Mix up approximately 30 liters of liquid pancake batter in a plastic container. Hide on the sunny side of the woodshed for four days. Consume with relaxing company.

Favorite drinks: beer and “Janitor´s Day Off” – a brandy and coke without the coke.

Favorite book: The series featuring Gunilla The Nurse (78 volumes). The only part lacking from his bookshelf is volume 47: Gunilla Meets The Tall Dark Surgeon. Vares is prepared to pay an arm and a leg for the missing volume.

Hobbies: Outdoor activities indoors. The inner life of women. Hockey watching. Does not dance, does not play golf, does not attend group spinning classes.
Favorite type of woman: High heels, high income. Does not lie, does not catch Vares out in his own little lies. Does not squeeze the nuts too hard, because that hurts.

(This feature character description by author Reijo Mäki: the way he saw them as he wrote the book)

Profile: Lieutenant Hautavainio and ex-con Antidote

These feature character descriptions by author Reijo Mäki: the way he saw them as he wrote the book.

LIEUTENANT HAUTAVAINIO (Ilkka Heiskanen)
LIEUTENANT HAUTAVAINIO (Ilkka Heiskanen)
A police lieutenant in the homicide department in the local police force. In theory, doesn’t like private investigators – but has admitted, that Vares is not the worst of them. Has locked Vares up more than once, but let him loose every time. A good, no-nonsense honest cop who’s clever enough to accept help when he needs it, even from Vares.
EX-CON ANTIDOTE (Jasper Pääkkönen)
EX-CON ANTIDOTE (Jasper Pääkkönen)
An ex-con, who since his last release, at least tries to follow the path of the straight and narrow. Still connected with the underworld and street-wise, he has helped Vares more than once, even once saved his life. His arms bear a zig-zag tattoo of an asp, and also a fat cat, called “Lieutenant”.

Director Anders Engström

Finn-crime is Finland´s answer to the Scandinavian crime boom success.

He made his breakthrough with the drama series “Stories from a small town” produced by Academy award winning producer Jörn Donner. He became a sought after director in Sweden and directed high profile crime and thriller projects such as “Anna Holt Polis” “Insider” “Wallander” “Irene Huss” and “Morden”. In Germany he directed the event movie “Error 2000” starring Jurgen Prochnow, Götz Otto and Desmond Lewelyn. Anders Engström was awarded the Venla (Finnish Emmy) as “Best Director” for his mini-series “Isabella”. He was nominated for prix Italia for “Stories from a small town”.

Anders Engström is married to Betsy Ångerman and they have two children William Engström and Vanja Engström.

Director’s word

Finn-crime is Finland´s answer to the Scandinavian crime boom success. Reijo Mäki´s Vares are stories about a detective in living in the port city of Turku. Mäki´s noirish world has its fictional universe strongly rooted in Finnish society: its archetypes and characteristics – but with a unexpeced and dark twist. Always focusing on the exciting plot, the fast moving story and his twisted humor, Mäki ́s characters are filled with a fabulous human complexity that promises highly memorable film performances.

Anders Engström
Director

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