Best Finnish performance in the 2000s - and now Niko 2 comes flying in
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- After nine months Finnish productions control 29% of the market – two local features lead the current charts, and five more will be launched this month
With two Finnish features on top of the charts – Antti J. Jokinen's Purge [+see also:
film profile] (with 141,781 admissions) and Mika Kaurismäki's Road North [+see also:
film profile] (204,597) – domestic productions are controlling 29% of the market after the first nine months of the year, which is the best result in the 2000s (2011: 17%). And it isn't over yet.
Five new local movies will be premiered this month (October), including Finnish director Kari Juusonen's 3D CGI-animated family feature Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble [+see also:
film profile], the second account of the popular young reindeer who defied his vertigo and set out to find his father, a member of Santa Claus’s Flying Forces.
This time, from Hannu Tuomainen and Marteinn Thorisson's script, co-directed by Danish director Jørgen Leerdam, he has to get used to a new family, since his mother meets a new guy, an ordinary reindeer, who moves in with his little son. Nordisk Film AB Finland will launch the film on October 12.
Also on the release schedule are the sixth instalment in Solar Filmss Vares thriller franchise, Lauri Törhönen's Vares - Tango of Darkness; Arto Halonen's When Heroes Lie, a documentary on the use of doping in Finnish skiing; Rax Rinnekangas's Watermark, about the meeting of a Nordic photographer and Russian Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky in Leningrad; and a Norwegian-Finnish co-production, Eirik Svensson's Must Have Been Love.
Of the 1.7 million tickets so far sold for Finnish films in 2012, Mari Rantisala's Ricky Rapper and Cool Wendy accounts for 304,306, as No 2 on the list of Top Ten Films. Two US releases came in 1 and 3, Ice Age: Continental Drift (312,000 admissions) and The Dark Knight Rises [+see also:
film profile] (285,000). Cinema attendance in general is 13% up on last year.
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