The first season of the drama series will contain 12 episodes of 50 minutes each.
Finnish production house Kalevala World has announced its TV/VOD drama series Kalevala – The Return of the Golden Age. The drama is a mythical adventure that explores the interdependence and unity of human life with nature. The drama series is being created by Kalevala World CEO Veli-Heikki Uusitupa drawing inspiration from the Finnish cultural heritage.
The Finno-Ugric oral tradition, dating as far back as the early Iron and Bronze Ages, was collected during the 19th century and published in 1849 under the name The Kalevala. This classic of world literature is now available in 51 languages.
The first season of the drama series contains 12 episodes of 50 minutes each. The story is based on the ancient Finns’ oral tradition – the so-called Kalevala heritage – from which among other authors like JRR. Tolkien was greatly inspired while writing his best-selling novel series The Lord Of The Rings.
The drama follows Kullervo “The Golden One”, who is raised as a slave. He learns the magical powers of his noble ancestors with the help of a wise old woman. Two beautiful maidens challenge Kullervo in love and warrior’s skills. But the stakes are higher when Kullervo with bare hands faces Untamo, the DreamWeaver’s army, who has subjugated nature and the people with their new weapons of iron.
Commenting on the series, Uusitupa said: “For 25 years, I studied the original sources of my Finnish ancestors’ heritage before starting to convert the findings into modern drama. I have discovered a long-lost tradition of sacred wisdom, including more than 100 symbols, archetypes and paths of learning. The ancient multi-level story-universe was restored by opening up the meanings of this symbolic language. This became the unique basis of Kalevala – The Return of The Golden Age TV/VOD drama series.”