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Finnish film "Compartment No. 6" set for US release

The movie is competing at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

Näyttelijä Seidi Haarla elokuvassa Hytti nro 6
The film is an adaptation of Rosa Liksom's novel of the same title. Image: Festival de Cannes

"Compartment No. 6 "(Hytti nro 6 in Finnish), a film directed by Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen, has landed a major distribution deal with Sony that will see the Cannes nominee shown in US cinemas.

The film was inspired by Rosa Liksom's Finlandia Award-winning novel of the same title.

Starring Seidi Haarla and Yuri Borisov, "Compartment No. 6" tells the story of an unlikely railway romance between two strangers, a young archeology student and a mine worker, whose views on life dramatically change after finding themselves stuck in a train compartment en route to Mongolia.

The film was shot in early 2020 aboard a train to Murmansk, Russia.

Aki Kaurismäki's "Man Without a Past" is the only other Finnish film to be distributed by Sony Classics. The offbeat Kaurismäki classic was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.

"Compartment No. 6" is meanwhile competing in the main series of the Cannes Film Festival, the prizes for which will be awarded on Saturday.

Kuosmanen's film will premiere in Finnish cinemas in the fall of 2021.

In addition to North America, the Sony deal will also see distribution rights for "Compartment No. 6" shared with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern cinemas.

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