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Release 27.10.2020

US film production got excited about Tampere – international movie being filmed entirely in Finland

The sci-fi thriller Dual, currently shooting in Tampere, is the first Hollywood production to be entirely filmed in Finland. The production will employ approximately 100 Finnish film industry professionals and its revenue effect in Finland and Tampere can be counted in the millions.

Shot in Tampere in October-November 2020, writer/director Riley Stearns’ satirical science-fiction thriller stars Karen Gillan (JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE), Aaron Paul (“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Film” and “Westworld”) and Beulah Koale (“Hawaii Five-O”). Stearns wrote the script and is producing alongside XYZ Films and Lee Kim, with Film Service Finland providing production services. XYZ is financing the film via its fund backed by Helsinki-based IPR.VC.

The film is about a woman (Gillan) who, upon receiving a terminal diagnosis, opts for a cloning procedure to ease her loss on her friends and family. When she makes a sudden and miraculous recovery, her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail and lead to a court-mandated duel to the death.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Riley and this great creative team,” says XYZ partner Aram Tertzakian. “XYZ is already deeply invested in Finland, so it’s truly an honor to bring a project with the pedigree of DUAL as Finland’s first major Hollywood production.”

“Since arriving over a month ago, I continue to find myself inspired by the city of Tampere,” says writer/director Riley Stearns. “It has informed the look and feel of Dual in ways I never could have imagined while writing the script. I’m excited for audiences to see the world we’re able to create thanks to filming here.”

The production is an important door opener for Finland into the US market

The movie will be filmed entirely in Tampere. The production is employing Finnish film professionals which stimulates the Finnish movie industry hit by COVID-19. Business Finland and Tampere AV incentives played an important role in bringing the production to Finland. Finnish investors have also increased international interest towards Finland. In this production, IPR.VC played a central role and Film Tampere’s Ilkka Rahkonen and XYZ Film’s Nick Spicer were part of negotiations to bring the film to Finland.

”Bringing such a significant production here is an excellent example of what Finland as a country with low hierarchy and world-class professionals can accomplish through collaboration. Business Finland’s Production Incentive for the Audiovisual Industry creates a financial incentive to come to Finland and it is important for us that this American production is left with the experience of safe, functioning and efficient production services. In addition to the incentive, films and series benefit from the same things as international travelers to Finland: we have nature and wilderness destinations and fresh urban milieus, which can be easily accessed with our well-functioning infrastructure,” explains Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Director, Finland Promotion Services, Business Finland. 

“DUAL is a very important opportunity for Finland, and for Tampere. With our incentive offering and infrastructure, I am pleased that Tampere is emerging as a leading international filming destination,” says Ilkka Rahkonen, Director of Film Tampere.

“Finland offers excellent conditions for feature film, documentary film, serial fiction and animation productions not only based on our industry expertise but also thanks to Finland’s safe operating environment. Despite the pandemic, we have managed – through cooperation between the partners in this industry – to create conditions where Finland comes across as a flexible and safe place for international productions,” says Petra Tarjanne, Special Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Lisätietoja medialle

Hetta Huittinen
Head of International Media & PR, Business Finland
p. 040 033 9597
hetta.huittinen (at) businessfinland.fi

Ilkka Rahkonen
Ohjelmajohtaja, Film Tampere
p. 040 860 3816
ilkka.rahkonen (at) businesstampere.com

Petra Tarjanne
Neuvotteleva virkamies
Innovaatiot ja yritysrahoitus, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö
p. 029 506 3691
petra.tarjanne (at) tem.fi

Business Finland on suomalainen julkinen toimija, joka tarjoaa innovaatiorahoitusta ja kansainvälistymispalveluita sekä edistää matkailua ja investointeja Suomeen. Business Finlandissa työskentelee 750 asiantuntijaa 44 toimipisteessä maailmalla ja 16 toimipaikassa Suomessa. Business Finland on osa Team Finland -verkostoa. businessfinland.fi 

Business Finlandin Audiovisuaalisen alan tuotantokannustin edistää av-alan ekosysteemin kehittymistä houkuttelemalla ulkomaisia tuotantoja toteutettavaksi Suomessa. AV-tuotantokannustin on enintään 25 prosentin maksuhyvitys Suomessa toteutetun tuotannon kustannuksista.

Film Tampere on elokuvakomissio, joka on osa Tampereen seudun elinkeino- ja kehitysyhtiö Business Tamperetta. Sen tehtävänä on kehittää alueen audiovisuaalista alaa ja tarjota seudulle sijoittuville tuotannoille palveluita koko tuotannon ajan. https://filmtampere.com/fi/film-tampere/ 
 
Tampereen tuotantokannustin mahdollistaa 10-15 % palautuksen Tampereen seudulla syntyneistä tuotantokuluista. Hyväksyttäviä kustannuksia ovat muun muassa palvelujen ja tavaroiden ostot, välineistön vuokraus ja Tampereen seudulle maksetut palkat.

XYZ FILMS on audiovisuaalisia sisältöjä tuottava yritys, jonka missio on inspiroida kuvallisten tarinoiden kertojia ympäri maailmaa. Itsenäisenä tuotantoyhtiönä ja maailmanlaajuisena myyntiyhtiönä yritys tunnistaa lahjakkaat elokuvantekijät ja herättää heidän tarinansa eloon. XYZ:n perustivat vuonna 2008 Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer ja Aram Tertzakian. XYZ voitti vuonna 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize -palkinnon Macon Blairin I don’t feel at home in this world anymore -elokuvasta. http://xyzfilms.com/