Pop singer Kikka, aka Kirsi Hannele Viilonen, who died in 2005 at the age of just 41, will finally get her availability in an upcoming biopic produced by Helsinki’s Cometa. Founded by producers Daniel Quitunen and Kaisala Vitaler, the production company Slate has already shown in Toronto in 2019 Zayed Bergroth’s “Maria’s Paradise” and JP Valkyap’s comedy “Hit Big”, currently in development.
The Finnish answer to the likes of Samantha Fox or Sabrina, as she was often mentioned in the early years of her tumultuous career, quickly caught the public’s attention with her humorous songs and an extremely sexual image. Although still the most well-known in his homeland, there is a universal theme to his story, Vitla says Diversity.
” Kikka! ‘It’s more than a biopic – it’s an adult sexual symbol, a story about friendship and loneliness. I think these are all public issues, ”he added.
The film, starring Sarah Mellery and directed by actor-director Anna Pavilinen-starring Laura Byrne for her short “Two Bodies on a Beach”, will be distributed locally by Nordisk Films. Aimed at its February 2022 premiere, it will last for decades, in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, which greatly influenced its appearance.
“We were really inspired by these times and just went for the color and energy,” Vitla said, referring to the film’s brilliant aesthetics. “It’s something that Kikka represented us as a person and an artist.”
Although Finland has already enjoyed several music biopics in recent years, they have focused on mostly male actors, from Olavi Verta, to Juice Leskinen, known as the “King of Finnish Tango”.
“It’s directly related to who’s telling these stories. In the past, most of the film’s screenwriters and directors were men, so naturally they wanted to tell stories about men,” Vaitla said.
“Now, fortunately, we are finally in a situation where women can also tell stories, the protagonists and attitudes of these stories also change,” he added, adding that the decision to film Kikka came mostly because he was “an exceptional person”.
Known for his hilarious, suggestive songs like “I Want to Rejoice” (“Mä haluun viihdyttää”) or “Shuttle to Venus” (“Sukkula Venukseen”), Kikka “was before his time”, the producer argued, extending it Was supposed to be a female artist in Finland at the time.
“He played with sex, which people were not used to then. He has made women’s sexuality visible, ”she says. “[Her story] A good example of how much progress has been made in terms of women’s equality and general behavior. How they are trying to make room for themselves and how much controversy had to take place to allow women to stay in positions of power. ”
A story based primarily on Kicker’s artwork and, consequently, featuring a lot of his music, the film will also mention his behavior by the media. Underrated as an actor, she was described as “a woman with everything under her shoulders” during a notorious TV interview in 1 Tap0 with journalist Tapni Ripatti.
“This scene is a very good example of how they perceived this kind of sexuality – as a threat to be defeated,” Vitalla said, adding that over time the singer was “not given a chance to change.”
“In Kikka’s story, an ‘old woman’ is something that viewers don’t want to see or hear. Kikka was not made a ‘sex symbol’, however; she was there from the beginning and she knew her own attraction. It came naturally. Still, no man just Not one thing and there was no Kikka. We show other aspects of it, “he said, explaining the title of the film.
“For us, the exclamation mark refers to the audience, screaming to see Kikka on stage. In our film, he does just that: he gets on that stage. It’s the story of a woman who, more than anything else, just wanted to act.