In Cinemas Worldwide 2019
The incredible story of Ailo, the little reindeer
Ailo's Journey is a wonderful film adventure for the whole family. It takes place in the astonishing unspoilt nature of an Arctic Lapland never seen before.Watch trailer
Ailo’s incredible journey with other wild animals
Throughout his journey, the frail and vulnerable newborn reindeer must overcome the ordeals that stand in the way of his first year of life and his first long trek as the herd migrates. Ailo’s awakening to this wild world is a real adventure, deep in the heart of the stunning landscapes of northern Finland, in Lapland.
Ailo's Journey is an uplifting story from a bleak wilderness warmed by an endless mother’s love as she watches over Ailo in his incredible adventures with other creatures of the Arctic.
Ailo’s journey is filmed with untamed animals in their natural surroundings. Ailo and his mother are the stars of this story, helped by their reindeer relatives. They are watched by unthreatening elks, ermine and squirrels, but all around are potential predators - a bear, wolves, eagles, foxes, a lynx and the fierce wolverine.
During the summer, the arctic fox feeds continuously in order to form a layer of fat that will help him bear the winter season. It can keep from eating anything for weeks. To brave the winter storms, he takes refuge in a sheltered place covered with snow. Within the species, they live in couple. Male and female defend their territory together and raise the young ones.
The young white fox who crosses the path of Ailo left his family at the age of six months. He went to look for a companion, which represents a real challenge when we know that there are only a few hundred wild arctic foxes left in all of Lapland
Up on the far edge of Europe, Lapland lies north of the Arctic Circle, across Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Although the sun can hide for months, light is everywhere. At night the moon casts clear shadows on the snow as the sky glistens with billions of stars, or the northern lights illuminate the frozen fells. In winter, trees are never naked, but frozen under a thick layer of snow carved by the wind into fantastical sculptures. In the summer, nature bursts into life again in a thousand colours under the midnight sun.
The landscape has a major role in the film
Travelling to Lapland means going back in time to the Ice Age. The wild reindeers have not disappeared: they have taken refuge in these hostile lands, the last tundra which once covered a large part of Europe. A wild spirit haunts these natural settings, and fuels the imagination of us all.
Lapland is vulnerable, and it is being changed. During migration, Ailo the baby reindeer discovers a fragile territory suffering from human activity. The fox meets enemies pushed towards the North by global warming. The Arctic is one of the regions most sensitive to climate disruption, and its effects are impacting on the ecosystem, the landscape and the behaviour of animals that are forced to adapt.
In 2006, Nouaille founded the distribution company Borsalino which operates over all of Latin America and has brought 250+ movies coming from Asia and Europe to Latin audiences. In 2009 he started Borsalino Productions and its label, Full House. This France-based production unit has produced or co-produced 9 movies so far, including 7 days in Havana, directed by Benicio del Toro, Gaspar Noé, Pablo Trapero, Laurent Cantet, Julio Medem, Juan Carlos Tabio and Elia Suleiman, Elefante Blanco by Pablo Trapero, La Patota by Santiago Mitre, and Pickpockets by Peter Webber (The Girl with a Pearl Earring), shot in Colombia. His latest projects include Ailo's Journey, a wildlife tale from Lapland, and Inna the Yard: the soul of Jamaica, a music documentary about reggae.
In 1990 he started his own production company MRP Matila Röhr Productions. (MRP). MRP has specialised in ambitious drama in co-production with international partners, and underwater films shot mainly in Arctic waters.
Since 1992 Marko Röhr has also been directing underwater films. One of them, Underwater Iceland, has won 13 different prizes in film festivals around the world. His Tale of a Lake has broken all records as the best selling documentary in Finnish cinemas, and has received several awards in international festivals, e.g. Best Direction in China (Gold Panda International Documentary Film Festival). In 1997 Marko Röhr was elected as a voting member in the European Film Academy.
MRP is a well-connected production company working in a relatively small territory and therefore has produced most of its films with international partners. The company has also participated as a minority co-producer in numerous feature and documentary films with 15 different countries worldwide. The company regularly presents its new projects at international co-production markets and events. MRP's films have been awarded numerous international prizes.
MRP Matila Röhr Productions editorial line on development and production is built on creativity and ambition: MRP produces films of different genres for different audiences, always setting the target high. MRP's films are developed by critically and commercially acclaimed scriptwriters, directors, actors and production teams who all feel passionate about their work. A ``Passion for Quality`` guides its work.
The founders of Borsalino have considerable experience in the creation of wildlife documentaries, in particular during their time at Wild Bunch (March of the Penguins, The Fox and The Child, and many others…). They were seeking a family-oriented project of the same scope and size, which would also help raise awareness of the preservation of nature. That is why animal documentary veteran Laurent Flahault joined the team for this project.
The Gaumont film library now encompasses over 1100 titles, including films from such prestigious directors as Luc Besson, Matthieu Kassovitz, Francis Veber, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Federico Fellini, Maurice Pialat and Jean-Luc Godard. More recently the company has released Toledano and Nakache’s comedy-drama The Intouchables, the highest-grossing French-language movie ever, with over $450 million in revenue to date.
Key drama series include the award-winning Narcos for Netflix; currently in production for season 3; the critically acclaimed Hannibal; and the upcoming productions of The Frozen Dead, The Art of Crime and Spy City, among many others.
The animated catalogue contains over 800 half-hours, broadcast in over 130 countries. Current productions include F is for Family for Netflix; and for children, Noddy, co-produced with Dreamworks. Also in production are Trulli Tales, Belle & Sebastian and Furry Wheels. Do, Re & Mi with Kristin Bell is a series currently in development.
"For being able to understand why we must protect the nature, we need to experience what nature is all about."
Guillaume Maidatchevsky, Director
MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy
00180 Helsinki, Finland
Cinema distribution in Finland and Nordics