Helsinki-based Solar Films will record a film on Stormskär’s Maja. Filming is set to begin next summer, but it’s currently unclear if the movie will be shot in Holland. My heart would have cried if the movie hadn’t been shot here in Åland, says Tate Turnroth, the film’s commissioner.
Helsinki-based Solar Films bought the film rights to Anni Blomqvist’s Stormskärs Maja series of novels from the Öland Cultural Foundation two years ago. Now the company is in the process of planning the movie. The intention is to start registration next summer.
Producer Jukka Helly, Director and Screenwriter Tina Lamy It was last week in Öland mainly to get an idea of what it looks like here with us and the kinds of environments we can offer, he says Titi TurnrothÖland Film Commissioner.
I took them, among other places, to the districts of Blomqvist’s house, to the many leafy villages with old buildings, to the Jan Karlsgaarden open-air museum and above all to the “private” Maga archipelago in the northeast of Öland.
The film was produced in Swedish.
It is still unclear where the movie will be filmed.
– I will, of course, step in and out myself so that we can bring Stormskärs Maja here. In this case, Turnroth says, it would be very painful to the soul if Maja stumbled around the rocks outside Helsinki or in Opoland.
The arguments are the same for all productions: any support money stays in Öland and stimulates the business community, the team always spends more money than they receive in subsidies, and registration activates the community during the low season and there is potential for tourism.
When Tina Lymi and Jukka Hill They came here obviously in love with the environment. The problem is that if they sign up on Öland, they will not receive Business Finland film support in the hundreds of thousands of euros. Solar Films wants to make a significant investment with professional actors, says Törnroth.
Jukka Helle realizes that the Film Commission does not have any budget of this size. The intention is to return to Hollande later this summer to discuss with senior politicians and representatives of the business community to see if there is a will to invest in the film.
– I love Maja Stormskär, she is important to me. Lamy says the movie is about a woman who lives in a time when everything is changing.
Lymi describes Maja as a brave woman.
– She also has permission from Jean in her life to be herself, and therefore must grow to her fullest potential, because she is loved for who she is. Nobody tells her to dream less.
My own interpretation
Lymi took a lot of time to write the script. I started reading Annie Blomqvist’s novel series about two years ago. Maja also became important to Lymi personally.
– I had to see myself as a woman, and with her I found something that I miss in my life. Lymi says it’s something I think many women lack in their lives.
– Maja is to me a living person. She has the love that sustains her, and there are many who don’t. Therefore, Maja can live happily and the way you want.
The film is based on Lymi’s subjective interpretation of the story, but Lymi believes she nonetheless respects Blomqvist’s novels. The inspiration for the film is Andrea Arnold’s writing of the film Emily Brontez Wuthering Heights from 2012.
Blomqvist didn’t write much about feelings, how different things felt. This is where my own interpretation comes in as I keep the spirit of Bloomqvist.
– It will be very different compared to the TV series. Lymi says: We are using professional actors and this would be a great movie.
She realizes that a lot of money is needed to complete the movie. Representatives are also being sought.
– We already have representatives from both Sweden and Finland. It’s still too early to say if we’re using Lasse Mårtensson’s music in the movie, but maybe somehow. It depends on how the music works with the movie, Lymi says.
– I saw great places when I was in Öland and visited the environment. She was perfectly captured, how could she be so beautiful?
Lymi says her visit to Aland also gave her more insight into Maja’s identity.
– I would like to shoot in Öland, but it depends entirely on the money. We’ll see where we score the movie.
Annie Blomqvist was born in 1909 in Simskäla, Vårdö. The Dog 1990.
He debuted with “Stormens spår” in 1966.
The collection of the novel about Stormskärs Maja is called: “The Road to Stormskäret” (1968), “With the Sea as a Neighbor” (1969), “Maja” (1970), “In a Battle with the Sea” (1971) and ” The Road from Stormskäret “(1973) .
The books were filmed in 1975 with a script by Benedict Zelliakos with Aki Lindemann as director and music by Lacey Martinson. TV series have become very popular.
Anni Blomqvist was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal in 1977.
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