Niko 2 and five others soar with Film Foundation support
by Annika Pham
03/03/2011 - Niko 2: Family Affairs, the follow-up to the 2009 CGI-animated film Niko and the Way to the Stars [trailer], has received €800,000 in production support from the Finnish Film Foundation (FFF) towards its €7.3m budget. A total of six films were granted almost €3m.
Just like the first film, Niko 2 will be co-directed by Kari Juusonen and Jørgen Lerdam from an original script by Hannu Tuomainen and Marteinn Thorisson.
Tuomainen, managing director of production outfit Cinemaker, will produce with Petteri Pasanen (Anima Vitae) with A Film (Denmark), Magma Films (Ireland), Ulysses Filmproduktion (Germany). Filming will start this summer. The project in development is introduced this week at Cartoon Movie in Lyon.
Rat King, the new film by Petri Kotwica (Black Ice [trailer, film focus]), will start shooting this spring for Making Movies. The thriller with horror elements focuses on a teenager who gets lost in a virtual world and puts his life in danger.
Life For Sale is a drama-thriller to be directed by one of Finland’s most popular filmmakers, Aleksi Mäkelä (Bad Boys [trailer]). The film based on the upcoming eponymous novel by Marko Leino tells the story of a man in his forties who wants to succeed at all costs. Solar Films is producing.
Children’s movie Rick Rapper and the Cool Wendy is the sequel to Rick Rapper and the Bicycle Thief, the second biggest hit of 2010 in Finland. Mari Rantasila will start filming this month for Kinotar. Perifery, the new film by JP Siili (Ganes [trailer]), is the story of two brothers who fight over a woman and a house in the 19th century. The €1.6m film is produced by Yellow Film & TV.
The FFF also supported the Swedish film Bekas by debut director Karzan Kader, the story of two young boys in the Kurdish part of Northern Iraq, during Saddam Hussein’s regime, who dream of escaping to America to meet their hero Superman. The €1.7m project is produced by Sonet Film (Sweden) in co-production with Helsinki Filmi (Finland).