The cat’s out of the bag!
Last night, we celebrated – and partied hard – the premiere of Iron Sky The Coming Race here in Finland, with two thousand fans, friends and filmmakers in Helsinki, Tennispalatsi. It was a night to remember, although not everyone remembers everything, as the nature of these kinds of events is. But man, we had a wonderful release party, crazier than I’ve ever been to, anywhere, and the thanks to that go to everyone who attended!
The night was full of glitter and glamour, of Iron Sky outfits and our stars dressed to the nines, flashing cameras, and music. But most importantly, of course, it was about the film and us, the filmmakers, presenting it to the audience for the first time.
It was our moment to thank everyone for the hundreds of thousands of hours of work put on this movie. We were happy to get to invite many of the key figures from the crew to the stage, and then, of course, our main cast was there. Lara Rossi, who plays Obi, and Vladimir Burlakov – Sasha, and Kit Dale – Malcolm, walked to the stage led by a storm of applauds. We had Stephanie Paul and Julia Dietze, and of course, the legendary Udo Kier, who plays the brothers Kortzfleisch and Hitler, along with many others who traveled to Finland for this occasion.
After the lights went down and the film started, I could feel my nerves tingling, but the opening notes of the beautiful soundtrack created by Laibach and Tuomas Kantelinen washed away the tension – that was it, no way turning back no more, nothing to be fixed, let’s just cross the fingers and hope all goes well…
94 minutes passed in a flash of light. I got swooped into the film like I was watching it for the first time – must have had something to do with the fact that I hadn’t seen the cut in many weeks, and had reset my brain with loads of movies in between – and enjoyed the premiere screening, almost like watching the film for the first time.
And so did the audience. As the final notes of the final song echoed in the theatre, the audience burst out in a standing ovation I’ve never experienced before. I must admit, I shed a few tears then. For so many years I had been waiting for this moment – the life after the premiere – and there we were, me and Tero standing there in front of the loving audience, after a successful premiere screening. I was so proud of us all, the fans, the filmmakers, the cast and the producers, for being able to finally stand with a finished product and show it to the world, which received it with so much love.
Yeah, that’s every filmmaker’s dream. And we were living it right there!
The rest of the night was followed by the events we arranged across the cinema stages at the premiere party which lasted until 1 am. There was karaoke in one space, we had a drunken Q&A – which turned into drunken U&A (Udo and Answers) as the good chap wandered in and took over this one. We had book presentations by Johanna Sinisalo (Renate’s Story) and Annika Vuorensola (Iron Sky The Coming Race – Sensuroimaton syntytarina), we had short films and film project presentations by filmmakers from Finland and around the world, and talks with hundreds of fans, thousands of selfies taken and filmmakers being congratulated for the finished film.
Indeed, the reception for the film has been quite amazing. During the night, I can’t even begin to count how many times people approached me and told how much the film had worked for them, even if they were not typically science fiction fans. Also, the first reviews in Finnish media have rolled in, and like with the first one, we’ve gathered the whole spectrum of stars, from one-star review to four and five stars. While to some the whole craziness of the film was too much to handle, those who liked it have brought up the spectacular visual effects, Lara’s work as the leading actor and the flow of the crazy story as high points of the movie. All in all, the more discussion the reviews raise, the better it is for us – we wouldn’t want to go gently into that good night!
Now, the film is starting its theatrical run in many countries during the spring. It’ll be presented at many festivals as well and more info is coming as plans get clearer on releases in areas like USA and UK, but important dates are set already for Scandinavia and Germany, and a bunch of others. Go check out the release dates here.
And of course, the tickets for the film in Finland are available at Finnkino and many other theatres across the country!