Film rights for ARCTIC MIRAGE by Terhi Kokkonen sold to SF Studios!

We are thrilled to announce that SF Studios has acquired the film rights to the awarded novel ARCTIC MIRAGE (Rajamaa, Otava 2020) by author Terhi Kokkonen. The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Arctic Mirage has won the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature prize for the best debut novel of 2020. The novel has become a bestseller in Finland and the book rights have been sold to Hanser Berlin in Germany and Eesti Raamat in Estonia. The rights are still available in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Spain etc. 

Download the English sample and synopsis for ARCTIC MIRAGE here! 

As announced today, SF Studios, the leading film studio in the Nordic region, has acquired the film rights to the awarded psychological novel Arctic Mirage (Rajamaa, Otava 2020) written by the acclaimed Finnish author and vocalist Terhi Kokkonen. The Finnish production company Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta (Maria’s Paradise, Kikka!, Hit Big) will produce the film and the renowned Finnish actress Pihla Viitala (Deadwind, Latin Lover, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) will make her feature film debut as a director. SF Studios will handle Nordic and International distribution.

“I’m really happy that ‘Rajamaa‘ is going to be a film! It’s nice for a writer that one’s work is adapted into a film, but what makes this project special is that the visionary and talented Pihla Viitala has been chosen as the director”, says author Terhi Kokkonen.

“I’m more than happy for this opportunity to direct a film adaptation about this extraordinary book written by a great author Terhi Kokkonen. The character driven story takes us into a unique world, where the border between sanity and insanity is unclear and time seems to disappear”, says Pihla Viitala, director.

“Arctic Mirage is a strong-spirited, psychological novel about people in exceptional circumstances. It keeps the reader gripped and provides chills on every page. We are excited to turn this thrilling novel into a film together with Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta with talented Pihla Viitala directing”, says Yaba Holst, Head of Nordic Acquisition at SF Studios.

by Terhi Kokkonen

The married couple Karo and Risto go on a holiday in Northern Finland to give themselves time to fix their stressful marriage. However, on their way home, they get into a car accident and are subsequently forced to stay at the only accommodation in the area; the luxurious Hotel Arctic Mirage. Once inside, they find that the hotel has a rather strange atmosphere, and it starts to have a peculiar effect on them. Karo begins to doubt her own memories and tries her best to escape the snowbound hotel holiday village whereas Risto starts to feel strange and refuses to leave. Will their relationship survive the next six days? 

Otava (orig.), 2020

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Hanser Berlin

FILM & TV: SF Studios

About author

Terhi Kokkonen

Terhi Kokkonen (1974) is a Helsinki-based musician and pop lyricist. She is known for the band Scandinavian Music Group, as well as being one of the singers of the band Ultra Bra. Kokkonen has studied dramaturgy at the Theater Academy and screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Cinematography and Stage Design at Aalto University. Arctic Mirage is her debut novel, and it was awarded as the best debut novel of 2020.


2020, Literary Fiction

Arctic Mirage

Terhi Kokkonen