One of the quirkier titles making waves at the Berlin International Film Festival, an event known for its quirky films, is the Finnish sci-fi spoof IRON SKY. The film has been one of the buzziest in the festival, with Canadian company Entertainment One set to acquire the film for release in North America. , Producer Tero Kaukomaa also announced that Israel’s biggest distributor, Shoval, has picked up the English-language sci-fi spoof, which had its world premiere in Berlin on Saturday. A good portion of the hype is due to how the film was funded. About $1 million of the $10 million budget came through fans’ online donations (crowd funding). The project from Finnish director Timo Vuorensola started online, and internet fans were involved in every aspect of the production – from financing to crowd-sourcing of some of the special effects to helping design the uniforms of the movie’s space Nazis. The campy b-film speculates that the Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon and return to invade Earth. The film stars Julia Dietze, Gotz Otto, Christopher Kirby and cult actor Udo Kier. The film’s U.S. premiere will be next month at the SXSW Festival, where IRON SKY will have a midnight screening. The film will then have its gala Finnish premiere on March 26 in Tampere, Finland, where the film originated.
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