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Korean production in Helsinki

Early February, Korean feature film A MAN AND A WOMAN will be filmed in Helsinki. The story tells of a romantic encounter between two Korean expats in Helsinki. In the lead role stars Do-yeon Youn, a beloved actress in Korea who won the Best Actress award in Cannes 2007 for her role in SECRET SUNSHINE. The director is Yoon-ki Lee, another festival darling who signs for his sixth feature. His previous feature COME RAIN, COME SHINE ran in the Official Competition at Berlinale. The production is a Korean-Finnish-Estonian co-production handled by Bom Film Productions, a Korean production company of high repute. All elements seem to be in place for this major production to become an arthouse hit.

The shoot will feature typical Helsinki backdrops such as Hietalahden Kauppahalli, Aleksanterinkatu, Esplanadi and the National Library. The rest of the shoot is taking place in Korea.

The film’s release is planned for spring 2015 and aims for a premiere on Sundance or Berlin. Let’s see then how Helsinki looks through Asian eyes…

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