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Record 65% market share for local films

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Finnish films had a record market share of almost 65% last weekend, with two films leading the charts, the family film Christmas Story [+see also:
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by Juha Wuolijoki and the historical drama The Border by Lauri Törhönen. A third local title, the thriller drama Black Ice [+see also:
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by Petri Kotwica was number 6.

Christmas has come early for Finnish audiences who in turn have enthusiastically embraced the variety of local films on offer. Christmas Story stayed number one in its third weekend, reaching almost 100,000 admissions from 60 screens for Sandrew Metronome. The film produced by Wuolijoki’s Snapper Films, is about how Santa Claus became Santa Claus according to scriptwriter Marko Leino (Matti: Hell is for Heroes). Delphis Film in Canada is handling world sales.

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Last weekend’ new opener The Borderproduced by Jörn Donner and Jarkko Hentula (Border Production) sold over 12,000 tickets from 46 screens for FS Film. Scripted by Aleksi Bardy, it’s a historical love drama about a soldier who is sent after the Finnish-Russian Civil War to set up the eastern border between Finland and Russia.

Black Ice, the riveting story of a woman befriending the mistress of her own husband, has now passed the 84,000 admissions in sixth week for Sandrew Metronome. The film produced by Kai Nordberg’s Making Movies, is sold by Bavaria International Film Sales.

”These three Finnish films took together an amazing 64,8% of last weekend´s Top Ten,” said the Finnish Film Foundation’s information officer Satu Elo. “Domestic films will soon reach a total audience of 900 000. It seems highly probable that the total audience of domestic films in 2007 will cross the line of one million.”

Other upcoming domestic releases include the war drama Tali-Ihantala 1944 [+see also:
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by Åke Lindman and Sakari Kirjavainen (December 07), the first ever Finnish animated feature film Quest for a Heart by Pekka Lehtosaari (December 14) and the comedy drama Playing Solo [+see also:
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by Lauri Nurkse (December 28).

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