Compartment No. 6: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Palme D’Or Contender (Cannes Film Fest 2021)

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Arctic road movie portrays an archeology enthusiast and a brusque Russian miner sharing a second-class cabin on a long train trip after the fall of the Soviet Union.


Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights, including North America, for Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s Palme D’Or contender Compartment No. 6 after its world premiere at the Cannes Film Fest.

Sony Pictures Classics also picked up Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East rights for the Arctic road movie about human connection from Totem Films and produced by Jussi Rantamäki and Emilia Haukka for Aamu Film Company.

Inspired by the novel Compartment No.6 by Rosa Liksom, the script was written by Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman and Kuosmanen.

The film stars Seidi Haarla (Force of HabitLove & Order) and Yuriy Borisov (Petrov’s Flu).

The story centers on a young Finnish woman, who escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a larger than life Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face major truths about human connection.

Compartment No. 6 is a treasure. One of the great train movies with humor and romance, full of surprises. Just the kind of fresh movie audiences want to embrace right now. One of the best films we’ve seen here in Cannes,” said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to have Juho Kuosmanen join the filmography of great auteurs that SPC represent and delighted to be working again with such a great team,” Totem Films added in its own statement.

Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 follows his Cannes award-winning debut, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki.

Photo: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Taking its title from the confined quarters of a second class sleeping car on a train from Moscow to the Arctic port city of Murmansk, this melancholic drama offers insights into both human solitude and connection.

As grim as it seems, with its stale booze and cigarette smoke, there’s also joy for patient viewers looking for unconventional storytelling.