Be scared, be very scared, as The Twin goes into post-production



– Don Films’ upcoming production, directed by Taneli Mustonen, will showcase the darker side of the Finnish countryside – and motherhood

Teresa Palmer in The twin (© Don Films / Marin Sild / Jones Lehtonen)

Finnish horror The twin, which recently wrapped up filming in Estonia and is now in the editing phase, promises to spook on an intimate scale. Which, as Cineuropa found out, came in handy during the pandemic, as their crew were still able to shoot every scene as planned, even despite the restrictions.

“Even though Estonia went into full containment just days before filming began, we didn’t have to make any major adjustments to the script. But for our independent production with very high ambitions, the pandemic posed some major hurdles to overcome. It was a tough race, but we were able to finish as planned and everyone stayed healthy, ”said the producer of the film, Aleksi Hyvärinen. “What kept us going is our incredibly talented cast: our main roles Teresa palmer and Steven Cree consistently delivered incredible performance, day in and day out. Without forgetting the iconic Barbara martre, sure.”

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Embodied as Rachel, moving to a Finnish farmhouse with her husband in order to recover from a tragic accident that claimed the life of one of their twin sons, Palmer is no stranger to horror, with characters like Curfew already to his credit.

“We are so lucky that this script, written by us, two guys from Finland, caught his attention. Teresa has this amazing harmony in the way she combines work and family. The story of The twin It is very much about motherhood and your worst fears as a parent. As a mother of four, Teresa really understood what her character was going through, ”he adds.

Although this was the duo’s first English-language project, staying close to home came naturally. But Rachel’s experience is that of a stranger, and moving to an unfamiliar place begins to cause problems. Especially once her surviving son starts pretending that his deceased brother is talking to him in his dreams, ordering him to do evil things.

“We have always made films in Finland, although often with an international touch. Some old Finnish customs have a pretty diabolical explanation in this twisted little story of ours, ”says Hyvärinen. Their previous horror, the elevated slasher Bodom Lake [+see also:
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, has become one of the best-selling Finnish-language films internationally. ” This and The twin winning the best project awards from both BiFan and the Finnish film business gave us a crucial boost in presenting the script to international financiers.

With Fabien Westerhoffinternational sales agent of Cinematic constellation on board, the film also has Joris van Wijk, Emily gotto and Toni Valla on executive production tasks. Supported by Shudder, Break, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Estonian Film Institute, Nordisk Film and MTV3, an overview of the project will be presented to the participants of the Frontiers Platform organized by Fancy and the Film market in Cannes in July. It may be summer, but darkness is coming.

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