The fifth season boards ‘The Dead Man’ with the new star of Kaurismäki

By | October 19, 2022

The Fifth Season has acquired international distribution rights to Elisa Viehde’s original series, “The Dead Man.”

Formerly known as Endeavor Content, the company is behind “Lost Girl” or “Cha Cha Real Smooth.” It also hosts international broadcasts for popular shows such as “Killer Eve”, “The Morning Show” or “Ordinary People”.

Based on the bestselling book by Antti Tuomainen, the six-episode series will be directed by Jussi Vatanen, who will next be seen in Aki Karismaki’s upcoming “Dead Leaves.” Sara Kotkaniemi and Sara Soliye also star as co-stars in Solar Films’ drama “The Forest Giant.”

Since its debut on June 19, “The Dead Man” has been the most-watched series on the Finnish streaming service Elisa Vihde Viaplay. Produced by Helsinki-based Relmedia Ltd. and Germany’s NDF International Productions, the series follows the gradual poisoning of mushroom entrepreneur Jakko (Vatanen). Jakko is a man of his age, with a thriving business and his clients, but his world is rocked when a doctor announces that his days are up. People have a habit of dying or disappearing while hunting the killer. And yet for the first time in years he feels gloriously alive.

Rights to the award-winning book have been sold from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway, Poland to the UK, South Korea and the US.

Vatanen appreciated the dark humor of the series. “We’ve all seen these Nordic noirs, they all look the same and are dark. It was refreshing to have a series that at least tried to be funny.

Already a household name thanks to the popular franchise, “Lapland Odyssey” is no stranger to comedy. Even when it gets a little dark.

“It just seems normal, it’s such a joke. Also, sad and funny are best friends. You can be funny when you’re serious. I guess it’s something that comes naturally to me,” he added.

“[In ‘The Man Who Died’] The entire story is seen through Jacko’s eyes. He is constantly available. The challenge was not to lose the comedy, while at the same time being realistic about his situation. He is seriously ill. He is about to die. How do you put that together? We talked a lot with director Samuli Valkama and the writer.

Jussi, who chose not to return for the fourth installment of “The Dead Man,” marks another interesting choice for the chosen actor. The film – rewritten by Pekko Pessonen – will premiere in December.

“It was an easy decision. I had nothing else to give to this character, to these films,” he said.

The dead man

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“Five, six years ago I was doing these live comedy shows and I felt like I wanted to do something else. I’m not happy anymore.”

“I came to the conclusion that the time we have is precious, so how do you want to spend it? If you’re not sure about a project and it’s going to take months of your life, maybe you should do something else? You could say I had an awakening,” he says.

I love every role I play. But I want to focus on products that are meaningful and important to me right nowHe said.

That includes Aki Kaurismäki’s highly anticipated and mysterious new film, Vatanen, which was set to shoot this summer. He plays with the “Toves” alma mater.

Produced by Kaurismäki production company Sputnik, it will premiere in 2023 and will be distributed in Finland by B-Plan Broadcasting.

“Every time you take on a new project, you have to approach it the same way. But in this case, it was hard to keep that in mind,” he said.

“When I was a kid, Kaurismaki films were considered ‘real’ cinema. These actors, these characters, were just so close to me. So, of course, it was no ordinary job.

“Still after a few days of preparation, I’m used to it now. I’m not that worried anymore. It was a big deal, for sure. But to move on, you have to convince yourself that it’s normal.

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