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German Imaginaerum trailer
The german Imaginaerum trailer is out!

As a reminder: Imaginaerum will be shown in movie theaters in Germany and Austria on March 18th. Check the official movie website for a list of participating cinemas. 

» Watch the trailer at
» Official Imaginaerum website
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Imaginaerum to launch in German cinemas
Imaginaerum will be shown all across Germany in event-screenings starting on March 18th. Tickets are already available from the movie theater chains listed below. More participating theaters will be added in the days to come!

Our international fans should note that unless stated otherwise, assume that the movie will be shown in german language!

» CinemaxX
» UCI Kinowelt
» CineStar
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Imaginaerum premiere in Germany [update]
The long-awaited Nightwish movie “Imaginaerum” will have its German premiere at the “Kino in der KulturBrauerei” in Berlin, on February 11, 2013. Marco and Tuomas will be present for the premiere.

Screening in German cinemas will start on march, 18th.

More details about the German premiere:

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Kino in der KulturBrauerei, Berlin
19:30 CET doors open, 20:00 CET start
Tickets are available at the movie theater

Update: Tickets are now also available online through the link below. Also, please note that the language of the movie is English!

» Buy tickets online
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Imaginaerum update
Dear friends of Imaginaerum.

This will be the last update for the production of the movie. As the premiere has already seen the daylight in Finland and the film is still to be opened in many other countries, hopefully near you, it goes without saying that the dream has finally been fulfilled. It has been an empty moment releasing this baby called Imaginaerum for all, myself, the production companies and for Nightwish. We made a fantastic roller coaster ride in both, real life and on screen.

Every step of this movie is in fact a miracle. From the day Tuomas and I had a meeting about thirteen music videos to seeking funding, traveling around the globe to seek possible partners, ending up in Canada where the production was close to be dropped, shooting, editing in Finland, going back to Montreal for visual effects, Helsinki for music, working throughout the spring and getting a first version out in may 2012, Nightwish investing more to finish the visuals properly, more editing, to the point where we were working day and night throughout the last summer to get this baby finished in coloring and sound mix. In all the stages of the film more and more sacrifices were made. However, like Tuomas once nicely stated "Everything will come together one day". And it did.

Imaginaerum is not a just a fanfilm, quite frankly it's far from it and it does raise emotions. Either you love it or you hate it. However, that single idea alone is the base for modern filmmaking and even music. You choose what it is that makes you tick. Imaginaerum is definitely not a film for the critics as it does not have a traditional storyline. But it indeed has a prominent story and will take you deeper, if you're willing to wait for the ravelling of the story and the safe opening. The film holds a universal theme of what is most important in life and it does not look for how you are being categorized, how known you are or what do you do for living. This could very well be anyone's story.

The story holds something very important within that we have to remember in our everyday life. We know what our most important things are, but we start ignoring them as we see these things every day. It also creates subconscious fear of losing the these things and we never realize they're gone until they really are. The power of memories and imagination are the things that keep us going until the very end. They are things we base our lives on and eventually they define us.

This movie is important, not just because making it was fun or painstaking at times and we felt the triumph of it all at the end, or because we gained many life lasting friends while doing it, but because we have something dear to us hidden within. Our concept for the power of imagination, memories and unconditional love. The fact that Nightwish as a band has poured every single bit of them into this movie, and trusted me and the crew to hide these details as well as we can, the ride reaches much deeper than most of us can imagine. When you're out there look for these details because they are there, and will be whenever you watch the film.

Standing in the in the highest tower of Imaginaerum looking back at the crossroads with the sign and saying to myself "Wow... what a ride that was!".
See you at the cinemas.

Stobe Harju, The director.
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Here it is, the official "Imaginaerum by Nightwish" theatrical trailer!
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Imaginaerum poster revealed
Without further ado, we present to you the official poster for the upcoming Imaginaerum movie!
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Imaginaerum by Nightwish: The Score, now on presale!
The soundtrack for the movie will be released in 9th November 2012.

CLICK HERE and listen to the samples on youtube! If you like what you're hearing, you can pre-order the score from the official Nightwish Shop (worldwide shipping!):
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Press Release August 23, 2012

The long-awaited Nightwish movie Imaginaerum will have its “flying” premiere at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, on November 10, 2012, as the audience will be treated to both a full-scale Nightwish concert and the world premiere of the movie.

Eagerly anticipated around the world, Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s ultimately important in life.

Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by all Nightwish members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album Dark Passion Play came out in 2007.

“I though of how we could take our expression that had already became pretty ambitious and grandiose to the next level, and that’s when I knew I wanted to tell a story, and to tell it with love and piety.”

According to Holopainen, finishing the movie has been an eventful and challenging journey that has sometimes demanded superhuman dedication from the production crew.

“I want to already thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. Together we’ve managed to create something innovative, strange, and timeless”, Holopainen states.

Imaginaerum will be screened at the Hartwall Arena on November 10, preceded by a show by Nightwish themselves, their last concert in Finland this year. The Finnish theatrical premiere of the movie is scheduled for November 23.

The official soundtrack of the movie, Imaginaerum by Nightwish - The Score will be released on the day before the premiere, Friday, November 9. The album features 13 grandiose, unreleased re-interpretations of Imaginaerum tracks by Petri Alanko.

Nightwish have sold over seven million albums internationally and received over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, making them the most successful Finnish Rock band of all time.

Director Stobe Harju tells about the movie in English:

Event production: Solar Films Inc. and Eastway Sound & Lighting.

Hartwall Areena, Helsinki (Areenankuja 1)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Doors: 6 PM, Showtime: 8 PM, Movie: 10.15 PM.
Tickets: 59 € + costs

Tickets available on Monday, September 10, 9 AM Finnish time (CET+2) from:
Presale until September 6, 15 PM Finnish time (CET+2):

VIP package sales and inquiries:


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Imaginaerum update
Dear friends of Imaginaerum movie.
A massive amount of things have happened since the last update. Actually, more than ever.
I'm writing this from a hotel room in Los Angeles as I am doing casting for my next project really starting right after Imaginaerum is finished and in the bag to reach all you fantastic people.
This spring, we were in a hurry to finish the film already in May. It turned out that we still had a lot to give for this movie and so we brought in an extra pair of hands to finish some of the visual effects we were missing. Alchemy 24 joined in to help us with our goal of making this movie to look even better and to help our vfx supervisor to create something very special. I also stepped back into the editing booth with Mathieu and we solved some loose ends in the story and trimmed a couple of scenes closer to what was originally intended. Petri has modified the soundtrack a little to fit the cut. We put the final coloring and the sound mix on hold waiting for August.
Here we are now. As I fly back to Montreal this wednesday, I will face an impossible emotional situation where I have to finally finalize the film, grab it and fly back to Finland with it. This will be happening by the end of August as it still takes couple of weeks to do.
We are really onto something here. As you all have been so patient with the movie so far, and you have understood what it really means to finish something as well as you can once you already have been working on it for 4,5 years and sometimes you really feel like letting go. With Nightwish and Tuomas we have been on this road for too long not to finish the journey like we planned in the beginning. We would not be who we are today, if we would give up on a dream like this.
I feel I am almost forced to give you as many tweet on the final days as possible so that you will know, how the story ends. There will be a lot of blood, shedding tears, but above all, joy. We have finally passed the sign in the cross roads and are approaching the finishing line that says Welcome to Imaginaerum. What happened on that road, will be a story that will be shared with you.
Stobe Harju
The Director
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Imaginaerum Teaser Trailer
The first teaser trailer for Nightwish's "Imaginaerum" movie is out now! Turn up the volume, set your player to full-screen and enjoy!

Additionally, the movie's official website has been launched at

» Watch the teaser trailer
» Visit the official website
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