There are now 15,000 war veterans living among us. 2,000 of them were injured in war. The average age of a veteran is 93.
In celebration of Finland’s centenary year, the production company Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017, the distributor SF Studios, the Finnish movie theaters, the Finland 100 Years organization established in the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Saastamoinen Foundation that has supported the effectiveness program of UNKNOWN SOLDIER wish to provide our war veterans the opportunity to see UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Aku Louhimies, premiering on October 27, 2017 free of charge. This initiative has been carried out in cooperation with the veteran organizations.
The offer applies to both the male and female veterans of our wars and can be used by presenting an oakleaf badge or an official ID card demonstrating veteran status at the ticket counter of the theater. With regard to accompanying persons, theaters follow their own, specific guidelines which can be inquired about from the theater in question.
The offer applies to daytime showings beginning before 17:00 throughout the country from Monday to Thursday, during the period that UNKNOWN SOLDIER is being screened at the theater.
I hope that young people in particular go see this film. This would give them an idea of what war is. The film is a fine, emotional, and genuine depiction of our war history.
– Veikko Peltola, injured in war
Without our veterans, we would not be celebrating the centenary of Finland. Providing them the opportunity to experience this film on the big screen is the least we can do.
– Aku Jaakkola, CEO / Bio Rex
UNKNOWN SOLDIER is one of the major cinematic highlights of the year and the culmination of Suomi Finland 100 celebration. At Finnkino, we wanted to support this fine project and show our appreciation for the heroes of our wars by providing them the opportunity to see the film.
– Veronica Lindholm, Managing Director / Finnkino
It is fantastic to be able to participate in providing this cinematic experience to our war veterans. The feedback from veterans during the editing of the film and after its completion has been important, interesting, and extremely touching.
– Miia Haavisto, producer and CEO / Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017 Oy
Togetherness, the theme of our centenary year emphasizes the strengthening of the sense of unity within the Finnish society. UNKNOWN SOLDIER has been shown to be the single work of art with the most significant effect on the Finnish people as both a book and as films. The story is part of our shared legacy. I hope that as many Finns and veterans as possible get to see this film.
– Pekka Timonen, secretary / Finland 100 Years organization, the Prime Minister’s Office
UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Aku Louhimies premieres in theaters throughout the country on October 27, 2017.
Picture: Mauno Tenhovirta, Aira Samulin and Jorma Tolvanen.