September 12, 2017

Finnish film Euthanizer gets North America release

The star of Euthanizer is seasoned Finnish actor Matti Onnismaa, in his first leading role.
The star of Euthanizer is seasoned Finnish actor Matti Onnismaa, in his first leading role.
It's Alive Films

The Finnish genre film Euthanizer was very well received at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Following its successful screening, it will now be released in cinemas across North America.

Directed by Teemu Niki, Armomurhaaja (Euthanizer) tells the seemingly bleak story of a mechanic who performs mercy kills on unwanted pets. However, this tale drips with black humour as the unlovable pet owners begin to receive the same treatment.

The film was very well received by critics. Euthanizer’s international distributor Wide Management signed a distribution agreement for the North America market with Uncork’d Entertainment immediately after the film premiered at TIFF.

“It appears that our movie will still premiere on many other markets and the festival tour will be extensive,” says the film’s producer Jani Pösö. “This is for sure some kind of Finnish film-makers’ wet dream.”

While Pösö doesn’t go into too many details about where the film might be screened, it has been confirmed that Euthanizer will also hit cinemas in Italy.

The performance of its leading actor was also widely lauded by critics. “Funny, bitter, and sometimes bleak, the picture draws much of its appeal from a deadpan performance by star Matti Onnismaa,” wrote Hollywood Reporter.

It is the first feature-length film from Finnish production company It’s Alive Films to be chosen for the Toronto Film Festival’s A list programme.

Armomurhaaja will premiere in Finland on 24 November.

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