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Auli Mantila’s crime-drama series Transport now filming

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- After two weeks of filming in Belgium in September, principal photography for the new eight-episode series is continuing in and around Helsinki

Auli Mantila’s crime-drama series Transport now filming
Director Auli Mantila

A new 8x50 Finnish-Belgian TV series is now in the making. The project, entitled Transport, is written and directed by showrunner and filmmaker Auli Mantila, best known for having directed The Collector (Finland’s bid for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1997 Academy Awards), The Geography of Fear (2000) and My Friend Henry (2004). The news was first reported by Variety.

Transport revolves around the world of food trading, money laundering and the illegal transport of horses along the roads and wires of Europe. In particular, the story follows Johann (played by young actress Emmi Parviainen), a journalist who is investigating the origin of a microchip found in baby food. Alongside Parviainen are veterans Maria Heskanen (playing an insurance investigator), Pirkko Hämäläinen (a bank manager), Ville Virtanen and Geert van Rampelberg (both playing undisclosed roles).

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After two weeks of filming in Belgium in September, the production is now continuing principal photography in and around the Finnish capital, Helsinki. DoP J-P Passi is attached to the project.

Transport is being produced by Helsinki-based outfit Tekele for YLE, in co-production with Philippe De Schepper and Helen Perquy for Belgium’s Jonnydepony, and in association with Nordic pubcasters DR, RÚV, NRK and SVT, alongside Business Finland, Screen Flanders, Belga Productions and DPG Media. The series received support from the Finnish Film Foundation, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

Denmark’s REinvent Studios, the firm in charge of its sales, will present the series at the Cannes MIPTV 2021 market in the spring. The project is scheduled for release next year.

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