Director Gilbert K. Lukalia
Music director Sten Seripov
Running time 50 minutes
Country Finland, Kenya
|Release date September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28) (Helsinki Film Festival)|
Writer Sam Kihiu, Erkko Lyytinen (based on an original idea by), Anthony Ndungu, Teemu Nikki, Andronico Otieno, Ken Saan (based on an original idea by), Emma Taulo
Cast Telley Savalas Otieno (Gustaf Mannerheim), Beatrice Wangui (Anastacia), Jacky Vike (Kitty), Mukani Njiru (Grandmother), Gilbert Lukalia (Eliud), Timo Kervinen (Winter War soldier)
Screenplay Emma Taulo, Sam Kihiu, Anthony Ndungu, Andronico Otieno
Similar movies Mannerheim, The Butterfly from Ural (2008), Something Necessary (2013), Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012), To Walk with Lions (1999)
Tagline Life is like a mountain
The Marshal of Finland (Finnish: Suomen Marsalkka) is a Finnish-Kenyan fictional film based on the life of Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. The film is produced by Yleisradio in cooperation with Savane Productions and Filmistuudio Kalevipojad. It's directed by a Kenyan Gilbert Lukalia. The film's world premiere was on The Helsinki International Love & Anarchy Film Festival on September 28, 2012.
- Suomen Marsalkka The Marshal of Finland Finlandia
- Stir before the premiere
Suomen Marsalkka / The Marshal of Finland - Finlandia
Story of the film focuses on Mannerheim's private life from 1905–1918. It tells about a failed marriage with Anastasia Arapova, and love affair with Kitty Linder after the Finnish Civil War. According to Gilbert Lukalian, "It's an universal story about a man who has difficulty reconciling family life and career."
In winter 2012 Yle reported on a forthcoming Mannerheim film, which would be an international production. Information of the film being filmed on a foreign country became to public, before Yle had time to organize a press conference on August 16, 2012.
Erkko Lyytinen got the idea for the film in Kenya from an Estonian producer Ken Saan. Saan had asked from Lyytinen if he had any project that could be filmed at Kenya. According to Lyytinen, Saan's aspect at the production was a major success of the movie filming. The screenplay was written by a Kenyan work group. Yle gave to scriptwriters the necessary facts, but the group created the portrait of Mannerheim themselves. Originally the film was going to be a war film, but turned out to be a biographical film, because it was to hard to shoot the war scenes at the bad circumstances.
The film was shot around Nairobi in May and June. Gilbert Lukalia was chosen to be a director of the film in just 12 hours before the start of filming. They also made a six-part documentary of making the film called Operation Mannerheim, which cost about 100 000–150 000 €, even though the movie itself cost only 20 000 €.
Stir before the premiere
The film sparked a debate even before it was published. The Finnish media raised a stir about a black actor performing Mannerheim. Producer Markus Selin said that the film is a "spoofing", and director Matti Kassila wondered why Yle had given a license for the description. Jörn Donner believes that the film is "a bluff", and said that Yle trying to cash in on the Marshal's reputation.
ReferencesThe Marshal of Finland Wikipedia
The Marshal of Finland IMDb The Marshal of Finland themoviedb.org