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Antti J. Jokinen directs The Midwife movie based on the novel by Katja Kettu

Helena (Krista Kosonen) © Solar Films
Helena (Krista Kosonen) © Solar Films

Antti J. Jokinen directs the movie The Midwife (Kätilö), which is based on Katja Kettu’s award winning novel Kätilö. The movie will be premiered in 2015. Krista Kosonen and Lauri Tilkanen will be playing the leading roles of Helena and Johannes. The supporting roles will be played by Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Leea Klemola, Seppo Pääkkönen, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela and Johannes Brotherus. A Solar Films movie is produced by Markus Selin and Jukka Helle.

The Midwife film is based on Katja Kettu’s award winning novel Kätilö. The director Antti J. Jokinen has written the screenplay together with the author Katja Kettu. The date of the premiere will be announced later.

Antti J. Jokinen comments the movie: ”The Midwife has the feel and complexity of a big drama film. The backgrounds of “Wildeye”, the Finnish midwife Helena, and the German officer Johann Angelhurst, a Nazi, are revealed little by little during the summer, fall and winter of 1944. Amid impossible circumstances an impossible love story is born, the telling of which is flavoured with a pinch of magical realism and fistfuls of harsh realities of war and Finland’s dark history. The fate of women in the prison camps of World War II was cruel, and the film depicts the era with an agonizing precision.”

Gödel (Tommi Korpela) © Solar Films
Gödel (Tommi Korpela) © Solar Films

 
Katja Kettu states on her behalf: ”I am delighted that Kätilö will be filmed! I am especially glad that, the director genius Antti J. Jokinen and Solar Films took action in this. I am confident, that Antti will make the novel a beautiful and strong movie.” She continues: ”Kätilö is a story of war, but most of all it is a story of love which conquers everything. It draws from the means of classic tragedy which is why it translates well to a movie.”

Kätilö novel has been awarded a Runeberg prize in 2012 and a Kalevi Jäntti prize in 2011. The novel has received critical acclaim and its translation rights have been sold to fourteen countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Italy. In Germany, Sweden and Norway the novel has already been received with excellent reviews. The readers of Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest national newspaper in Finland, voted the novel to the top 10 in the readers’ poll for the best novels in 2000. Kätilö also won book bloggers’ Blogistan Finlandia award in 2012.

Johannes (Lauri Tilkanen) © Solar Films
Johannes (Lauri Tilkanen) © Solar Films

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