Iron Sky secures world-wide distribution after becoming Berlin hit
Preview by Jack Foley
IRON Sky, a science fiction comedy about the Nazis from the Dark Side of the Moon, has emerged as one of the biggest hits of this year’s Berlin Film Festival, securing immediate world-wide distribution in the wake of its screening.
A delighted producer Tero Kaukomaa commented following its hot reception in Berlinale: “This is a nice way to wrap our opening festival in Berlin and I’m looking forward for more detailed list from our World Sales.
“I’m especially happy at the moment to confirm a theatrical release in North America as we are in negotiations with Entertainment One. I am also very excited getting Iron Sky out in Israel through country’s biggest distributor Shoval.”
The buzz surrounding Iron Sky has been building ever since the film released its official trailer less than a week ago on YouTube and attracted over 5 million views in six days, beating in popularity the trailers for upcoming blockbuster films such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Battleship.
“It feels great to beat these films that have already spent more on marketing that the entire budget of Iron Sky,” said director Timo Vuorensola. “I see it as a sign of democratisation of entertainment, where the Internet means a Finnish film can capture the interest of the viewing public.
“This is a victory to all European and independent filmmakers, and it’s all thanks to our active online community.”
The film opened at Berlin International Film Festival as part of the Panorama Special selection, and was sold out in minutes.
The premiere was a great success with huge standing ovations filling the Friedrichstadt-Palast in the end.
And while not all the critics have been positive, audiences seem to love the film, prompting Vuorensola to conclude: “Iron Sky is for sure an audience film; we’ve been ending every screening here in Berlin with huge ovations, and the theaters are packed.
“We came to Berlin with a Nazi comedy, ruled the headlines, made people fight for their tickets and angered some critics along the way. Veni, Vidi, Vici.”
Iron Sky is described as a dark sci-fi comedy with an alternate take on history.
Instead of flat out losing the war, a secret Nazi space programme in Antarctica evaded the collapse of the Reich by fleeing to the dark side of the Moon.
During these 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis have constructed a massive armada of flying saucers, and are now poised to attack the unsuspecting Earth. The time of the triumphant return of the Fourth Reich is at hand!
The film was shot on a $10 million dollar budget, making it by far the biggest movie made in Finnish film history.
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