Films

The Eternal Road

The Eternal Road, "Ikitie"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

History can be stranger than fiction – a statement that is most relevant in the case of Jussi Ketola, the protagonist of this gripping historic drama that is based on a true story. Jussi has just returned from the US, that is being plagued by the Great Depression of the 1930’s. He is soon attacked by a local far-right faction and taken, as a potential communist, to the ‘Eternal Road’ – to be handed over to the Soviet border control. After an unexpected escape, Jussi unwillingly enters the Soviet Union and, being unable to return to his family, joins a colony of Finnish and American settlers who have followed Stalin’s call to help build the socialist utopia. Only later will they realise that the promised land is about to turn into a hell on earth as the years of the Red Terror begin.

Creating a powerful story of endurance in the whirlwinds of historic epochs and tragedies, director AJ Annila’s (Sauna, Jade Warrior) and producer Ilkka Matila’s (9th Company, 1944) film is a significant project for both Finns and Estonians. The film received support funding from Finland 100 and Estonia’s cash rebate, has been co-produced by Finns, Estonians and Swedes and shot, in a large part, in Estonia. It is also the last cinematic role of the beloved Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak (Tangerines) who passed away earlier this year. The lead character is wonderfully portrayed by the three-time Jussi-winner Tommi Korpela (Man’s Work, Rare Exports), while Hannu-Pekka Björkman (For the Living and the Dead) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, Borgen) shine in supporting roles.

Hannes Aava

AJ Annila

(b. 1977) is a Finnish filmmaker who is best known for his original and unconventional subject choices. His kung-fu film "Jade Warrior" (2006) and horrorfilm "Sauna" (2008)  have won multiple international awards, and his pirate-adventure series "Heroes of the Baltic Sea" (2016) won the Years Best Drama Series award in Finland. "The Eternal Road" is his third feature film.

Filmography

  • Jadesoturi (Igavese armastuse sõdalane, PÖFF 2006)
  • Sauna (2008)
  • Ikitie (The Eternal Road, 2017)

Schedule

26.11.2017
18:30 - 20:50
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 101502
Guests (3)
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Movie guests:  Director AJ Annila, Cast Tommi Korpela, Producer Ilkka Matila
27.11.2017
21:45 - 23:35
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 112003
Sold out
28.11.2017
19:00 - 20:50
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 120102
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection
Hot Topics

Film info

Countries: Finland, Estonia, Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 110 minutes
Languages: Finnish, Russian, English
Director: AJ Annila
Producer: Ilkka Matila
Writers: Antti Tuuri, AJ Annila, Aku Louhimies
DOP: Rauno Ronkainen
Montage: Tambet Tasuja
Composers: Ian Person, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Panu Aaltio, Tuomas Kantelinen
Cast: Tommi Korpela, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman,  Irina Björklund, Sampo Sarkola, Lembit Ulfsak 
Production: Matila Röhr Productions
Distributor: Vaata Filmi
Festival: TBA

Synopsis

Director

History can be stranger than fiction – a statement that is most relevant in the case of Jussi Ketola, the protagonist of this gripping historic drama that is based on a true story. Jussi has just returned from the US, that is being plagued by the Great Depression of the 1930’s. He is soon attacked by a local far-right faction and taken, as a potential communist, to the ‘Eternal Road’ – to be handed over to the Soviet border control. After an unexpected escape, Jussi unwillingly enters the Soviet Union and, being unable to return to his family, joins a colony of Finnish and American settlers who have followed Stalin’s call to help build the socialist utopia. Only later will they realise that the promised land is about to turn into a hell on earth as the years of the Red Terror begin.

Creating a powerful story of endurance in the whirlwinds of historic epochs and tragedies, director AJ Annila’s (Sauna, Jade Warrior) and producer Ilkka Matila’s (9th Company, 1944) film is a significant project for both Finns and Estonians. The film received support funding from Finland 100 and Estonia’s cash rebate, has been co-produced by Finns, Estonians and Swedes and shot, in a large part, in Estonia. It is also the last cinematic role of the beloved Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak (Tangerines) who passed away earlier this year. The lead character is wonderfully portrayed by the three-time Jussi-winner Tommi Korpela (Man’s Work, Rare Exports), while Hannu-Pekka Björkman (For the Living and the Dead) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, Borgen) shine in supporting roles.

Hannes Aava

AJ Annila

(b. 1977) is a Finnish filmmaker who is best known for his original and unconventional subject choices. His kung-fu film "Jade Warrior" (2006) and horrorfilm "Sauna" (2008)  have won multiple international awards, and his pirate-adventure series "Heroes of the Baltic Sea" (2016) won the Years Best Drama Series award in Finland. "The Eternal Road" is his third feature film.

Filmography

  • Jadesoturi (Igavese armastuse sõdalane, PÖFF 2006)
  • Sauna (2008)
  • Ikitie (The Eternal Road, 2017)