November 29, 2017

The Eternal Road takes to Estonia

Tommi Korpela (pictured) plays the role of Jussi Ketola, the film's main character.
Tommi Korpela (pictured) plays the role of Jussi Ketola, the film's main character.
Andres Teiss / Matila Röhr Productions

The movie will be seen in 25 cinemas across the country, which is exceptional visibility for a Finnish film in Estonia.

Estonia is an important location for the movie, as it had its international debut at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn just last week. The cinema screenings will commence on 1 December.

The Eternal Road (in Finnish, Ikitie) is produced by Ilkka Matila and MRP Matila Röhr Productions and directed by AJ Annila. In Estonia, the film’s distribution is in the hands of Forum Cinemas.

The Eternal Road has experienced an incredible reception at the screenings of the Tallinn festival,” producer Matila says in a press release. “Estonia’s former Prime Minister and historian Mart Laar encouraged all Estonians to go see this film.”

According to Matila, the film’s distribution in Estonia is the country’s largest for a Finnish film.

Director Annila is content with the feedback.

“Excellent reviews are one thing, but the fact that the film speaks to people, raises emotions and discussions is to me as a filmmaker the most important feedback,” he says. “This story deserves to be seen.”

The movie is based on a novel by Antti Tuuri, and it’s part of Finland 100 programme.

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