Nordisk Movie Indicators Output Deal With Finnish Banner MRP

Nordisk Film has signed a development and distribution agreement with MRP Matila Röhr Productions, a leading Finnish production company founded 30 years ago by Marko Röhr and Ilkka Matila, two experienced players in Finnish industry.

Under the agreement, Nordisk Film will receive exclusive distribution rights in the Nordic areas for the upcoming MRP films. The start is “Hamsters”, a drama comedy directed by Markku Pölönen, Klaus Härös “Never Alone” and the cartoon “Malcolm Rocks”. “

The pact also gives Nordisk Film the rights to the MRP library with 43 titles for the Scandinavian areas.

“Hamsters”, which is currently in pre-production, is based on the book by Veikko Huovinen. “Never Alone” is based on the true story of a man who fought for Jewish refugees in 1942. “It is the story of an unusual friendship and political power based on the memories of the journalist Maarit Tyrkkö,” he told Matila, who produced the film.

In a completely different genre, “Malcolm Rocks” is a spin-off of the successful film franchise “Rölli”. The animated project accompanies a small green caterpillar on its journey to become a rock star.

Matila is also currently developing Urho, a film about former Finnish President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, one of the most prominent figures in Finnish post-war politics, who held the presidency for more than 25 years.
The script will be written by Hanna-Maija Matila with Heikki Kujanpää as director.

Nordisk Film and MRP have been working together since 2002. Nordisk Film has in fact released over 20 MRP-produced or co-produced films, most notably Mother of Mine and Eternal Road, as well as the family franchise Rölli.

“This deal is a natural continuation of a long, loving and very fruitful collaboration between Nordisk Film and Matila Röhr Productions,” said Katarina Nyman, director of Nordisk Film Distribution in Finland.

“MRP has always been a hallmark of quality content for the audience, and we are delighted that this new deal will help us realize and bring to market ambitious motion pictures of the highest quality and high audience potential,” added Nyman added.

Kenneth Wiberg, senior vice president of Nordisk Film, said the company has partnered with some of the most established production companies in the Nordic region in recent years. “With this deal we are taking another strategic step and adding even more great content to our already successful film,” said the managing director.

Röhr, the CEO of MRP, said it was “a historic deal as nearly 50 MRP films will now be available through Nordisk across Scandinavia”.

“The package includes our greatest successes, our nature films and our ambitious new production plan,” said Röhr.