Movie Beta won the worldwide sales rights to “Estonia,” an ambitious Finnish film series that tells the true story of Europe’s deadliest maritime disaster of the 20th century. The eight-part event drama will Occur again periodically “Bordertown“Creator Miikko Oikkonen (“Bordertown,” “Helsinki Syndrome”) and director Juuso Syrjä (Bordertown), who will split directing duties with Måns Månsson (“Snabba Cash”).
The biggest Finnish TV series project to date, “Estonia” is produced by the Finnish banner of Beta Nordic Studio Fish King, and is co-produced by Swedish Kärnfilm AB, Belgian Panache Production and Estonian Amrion Oü. Co-produced by the Finnish and Swedish streaming service C More, along with TV4 broadcaster MTV Finland, in partnership with Beta Film.
The character-driven series, scheduled to begin in the Spring, will chronicle the true events of the sinking of the MS Estonia, the country’s largest ship, in September 1994. The ferry tourism was hit by a major storm, resulting in an uncontrolled tilt. Within an hour, the ship MS Estonia sank in Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea, killing more than 850 people.
The program will document the follow-up investigation launched jointly by Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Since the confidentiality agreement signed by all investigators and authorities ends in 2019, “Estonia” will provide detailed information on conflicts, lies and conspiracy theories. appeared recently.
The character-driven story will be told through the eyes of survivors, rescuers, family members, politicians, investigators and journalists.
The producers are Matti Halonen and Johannes Lassila at Fisher King, Martina Stöhr and Petra Jönsson at Kärnfilm AB and Riina Sildos at Amrion Oü and André Logie at Panache Production. The executive producers are Piodor Gustafsson (C More) and Jani Hartikainen (MTV Finland).
Filming will take place in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, while the underwater scenes will be shot in a water tank in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, which boasts one of the state-of-the-art water stages. most in Europe.
“I am humbled and proud to be a part of the upcoming series ‘Estonia.’ The scenarios about the investigation and the reasons behind the crash are really engaging and captivating,” Månsson said.
Fisher King CEO Matti Halonen said, “The sinking of Estonia is a tragic event. It is very important that we respect all victims and their loved ones.”
“Almost 30 years have passed since the accident and with the help of fiction we are able to tell new perspectives on what happened. The work of the investigative committee is difficult and highly political. The final report, published three years later, was met with controversy,” the executive explained.
Halonen says the creative team’s character-driven approach will deliver a “compelling yet moving story.”
“I was drawn to the strong script and emotionally compelling characters. The story is full of character and complemented by compelling visual storytelling. I believe the series will give more insight into the tragic event and that makes the series so worth it. ”
In addition to Fisher King, Beta Nordic Studio also owns the Icelandic banner Sagafilm (“Minister,” “Stella Blomkvist”), Swedish Stories Unlimited (“The Missing”) and Dramacorp (“Cryptid”) ), as well as Norway’s Cinenord (“Crossing the Atlantic”).
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