Shooting has wrapped in Finland on Klaus Harö’s Second World War drama Never Alone, starring Ville Virtanen, based on the true story of how a prominent member of the Jewish community in Finland tried to stop the police handing over Jewish refugees to the Gestapo to be deported to the death camps.
The film is produced by Ilkka Matila of Helsinki-based MRP Matila Röhr Productions, as a €4.9m co-production with Austria’s Samsara Filmproduktion, Estonia’s Taska Film, Germany’s Penned Pictures and Sweden’s HOBAB.
It is the 10th feature from prolific Finnish director Harö, whose previous films include Elina: As If I Wasn’t There (2003), Letters To Father Jacob (2009) and the English-language My Sailor My Love, which premiered at Toronto in 2022.
Financial backing has come from, among others, broadcasters MTV3/C More, Estonian Television, and Sweden’s SVT as well as the Finnish Film Foundation, Estonian Film Foundation, Film Estonia, the Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, and Austria’s ÖFI+ incentive.
Nordisk Film will be theatrical distributor for Never Alone in the Nordic territories with Apollo overseeing the release in the three Baltic states. The Playmaker Munich is handling international sales.
Never Alone received the Screen International Best Pitch Award at the 2011 edition of the Baltic Event co-production market during Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival that year.
A version of this story originally appeared on our sister site Screen International