The upcoming psycho thriller The Guardian Angel has received €1m from Helsinki-based private venture capital IPR.VC based on its ‘compelling storytelling, artistic ambitions, business opportunities and international cast’.

The Guardian Angel is based on the true story of a remarkable series of hypnosis crimes that took place in Denmark during the 1950s. The film focuses on a man, Bjørn Schouw Nielsen, who used hypnosis to turn another man, Palle Hardrup, into a robber and murderer.

The film stars US actor Josh Lucas, Cyron Melville, and Pilou Asbæk, who is the investigator in charge of the case. Finnish/Danish actress Sara Soulié plays his wife. Other cast members include UK actor Christopher Fulford and Croatian star Rade Šerbedžija

The Guardian Angel is a Finnish/Danish/Croatian co-production written and directed by Arto Halonen.

The Helsinki-based private venture capital IPR.VC has invested €1m towards the €3m film based on its ‘compelling storytelling, artistic ambitions, business opportunities and international cast’. Previous investments include €900,000 in Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland and €500,000 in the TV drama Bordertown.

IPR.VC has previously invested in Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland and the television series Bordertown.

The Finnish/Danish/Croatian co-production is written and directed by Arto Halonen (Princess). the film is produced by Halonen for Art Films Production and Tähtiloiste Elokuvatuotanto, in co-production with Timo Lahtinen (Smile Entertainment, Denmark) and Igor A. Nola (MP Films, Croatia), with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Finnish Film Foundation, Creative Europe, co-financing from YLE and TV2 Danmark.

Scanbox handles Scandinavian distribution and the film is due for release in February 2018.

More info at the Nordic Film & TV Fund. 

Photo by Nikola Predovic