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Filming begins in Estonia on Nordic co-production

Antti Tuuri book Ikitie filming The Eternal Road Estonia Sweden FinlandPrincipal photography for feature film Ikitie (The Eternal Road) - an international co-production between Finland, Sweden and Estonia - began in Estonia yesterday.

The film, which is based on the Finnish blockbuster book by the same name from author Antti Tuuri, is being directed by Antti-Jussi (AJ) Annila.

The story centers on the Fin Jussi Ketola who, after his return to Finland after working in America, is abducted from his home in the middle of the night and transported in black cars to the eastern border, accused of being a communist.

The Eternal Road is the name given to the Lapua Movement men, right-wing extremists, forcibly transported 1930 communists or people they believed to be communists to and across the Soviet border.

Ketola manages to escape and runs to the Soviets. Here Stalin’s regime initially welcomes him, but he soon regrets this ‘rescue’.

Ilkka Matila from MRP Matila Röhr Productions in Finland produces, with Martin Person from Person Anagram in Sweden and Kristian Taska from Estonian Taska Film co-producing. 

The present shoot is expected to take six weeks with the last filming period scheduled for January 2017.

The film is part of Finland’s centenary celebration year 2017 with the premiere planned for 22 September 2017.