LAYLA - FINLAND
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller / Based on the book LAYLA (2011 WSOY) by Jari Tervo / Format 6×45’ / Writer(s): Antti Pesonen / Producer(s): Minna Virtanen (Vertigo), Kjartan Thor Thordarson (Sagafilm Nordic) / Development stage: Pilot Script / Tv channel in the country of origin: TBD / International Sales: TBD
Layla is a 15-year old Kurdish girl living in an Istanbul ghetto. On her wedding night Layla is not a virgin anymore. The family honor demands that she dies. In order to survive, Layla runs away, hoping to track down her big sister who left home under similar circumstances to live in Finland, in “the land of white lilies”. On her journey Layla makes an unexpected friend, the Arab girl Tamara who is also on the run. Layla and Tamara follow the trail so many exiles have been forced to travel. Layla never loses hope – with the aid of her new best friend she attempts to find her big sister.
AUTHOR(S) PROFILE AND STATEMENT OF INTENT
Layla is very touching adventure drama. Influenced by old fantastical fairy tales, Layla takes a classical genre and elevates it to a modern-day narrative. Layla’s story is filled with warmth, humor and most of all, hope. These are the tones we want to emphasize in this series. For the Swedish director Karzan Kader the story of Layla is highly personal: “I want to bring to this story my own experiences and emotions when I fled from Kurdistan to Sweden as a kid, I know what it takes to stay alive and protect your family.”
GOALS AT THE EUROPEAN PROJECT AND TALENT FORUM
Goals are to meet with potential financiers, potential broadcasters and world wide distributors. We need a co producer partner from Italy.
VERTIGO’s main aim is to produce sophisticated high-end adult premium drama. Recent projects include TV drama series Bullets (distribution Sky Vision) and the feature film Absolution. Vertigo has several drama series in various stage of development based on best selling books and on original stories. SAGAFILM NORDIC is the leading independent production company in Iceland. Recent projects include TV drama series Stella Blomkvist (Viaplay Original Series), Case (Netflix Original Series) and the feature film Cold Trail.