The 30-episode Cinematic Series
In the spirit of the Kalevala, we are making something that shatters your perception of cinematic storytelling and the might of music. A revolutionary and crazy artistic idea that deserves its execution.
The 30-episode cinematic series will be realised in 2021–2026. The artists responsible for the execution of the film are composer Anne-Mari Kivimäki together with director, screenwriter Tommi Kainulainen. Kivimäki has been mentioned as one of most interesting contemporary makers of new folk music, and her multidisciplinary Doctoral Thesis received a lot of attention in the media and gathered audiences in Finland as well as in international arenas. Tommi Kainulainen, the screenwriter-director of Kalevala X, is a sought-after theatre director who has graduated from the Aalto University Programme in Film to become a film director. The main cinematographer of the film is Kim Saarinen, who has received awards for his short films, while the sound designer is Antti Puumalainen, who has merits in making theatre. The producer of the film is Folk Extreme Oy (LLC). The full series of films will be complete in 2026. Separate episodes will be released between 2021 and 2026, and information about them will be published on Folk Extreme's and Anne-Mari Kivimäki's social media channels.
Kalevala X is a cinematic series, modern multidisciplinary art that is inspired by the Kalevala yet freely associates with modern-day themes. Birch bark shoes meet the Finland of corona concerns and climate anxieties. Kalevala X offers a pathway to the subconscious and to a symbolic interpretation of the modern times in a carnevalistic spirit. The keywords of the film are the subconscious, symbolism, the modern times, technology vs. folklore, greed vs. empathy. The Kalevala imagery included are the elements of water and forest.