Arto Halonen directing an international co-production The Guardian Angel
Arto Halonen, known for his films Princess and A Patriotic Man, is directing a Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production The Guardian Angel starring a cast of international actors. The male lead is played by Pilou Asbæk, an internationally rising star appearing in the sixth and the up-coming seventh season of Game of Thrones, who made his breakthrough in the critically acclaimed television series Borgen. Other significant roles are portrayed by Josh Lucas, Rade Šerbedžija, Sara Soulié, Cyron Melville, Johannes Lassen and Christopher Fulford.
Josh Lucas is an American actor known for his supporting role in the four-time Academy Award winner A Beautiful Mind, the male lead in the audience hit film Sweet Home Alabama, as well as several other internationally successful Hollywood productions. Rade Šerbedžija, the most famous actor in the Balkan area, made his breakthrough in Milčo Mančevski’s Oscar-nominated film Before the Rain, and has since then played a number of roles in several internationally successful films, such as Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick. Sara Soulié is a Finnish-Danish actress with a background in Finnish films and television series, including The Nymphs. Cyron Melville is known for the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair and Johannes Lassen for his role in the historical drama series 1864. Christopher Fulford has a reputation as the stronghold of British crime drama series, such as A Touch of Frost and Inspector Morse.
The Guardian Angel, written by Halonen, is a psychological thriller based on a true story of a man who used hypnosis to turn another man into robber and a killer in Copenhagen in the 1950s. The story follows the incredible investigation of these crimes as a young police becomes obsessed with catching the psychological manipulator, in a battle of minds and wills.
The artistic crew consist of several experienced professionals, with Pini Hellstedt as the director of photography, Jussi Rautaniemi as the editor, Tuomas Kantelinen as the composer and Kirka Sainio as the sound designer. The production designer is Søren Schwartzberg. The film is a Finnish-Danish-Croation co-production. The main producer is Arto Halonen and Art Films production, and the film is co-produced by Timo T. Lahtinen’s Smile Entertainment and Igor A. Nola’s MP Films. Halonen and Nola have previously joined forces working with A Patriotic Man and The Liberation of Skopje directed by Rade Šerbedžija.
The Guardian Angel is currently being filmed in Croatia and is set to have its’ premiere in February 2018. The Scandinavian distributor is Scanbox.