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BERLINALE 2008 Market

Christmas Story and Winky sell well for Delphis

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The Montreal-based sales company Delphis Film, specialised in children’s films (60-70% of European origin), has closed several deals on the Finnish box office hit Christmas Story [+see also:
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and Dutch film Where is Winky’s Horses, which screened in the Generation KPlus section of the Berlinale.

Juha Wuolijoki’s Christmas Story, last year’s top-grossing local film in Finland, was sold to Flins & Piniculas for Spain and to R Films for Turkey. An English-language version of the film is currently being developed in New York and several buyers have shown strong interest, according to Xiaouan Zhou, Delphis’ vice president and head of sales.

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Following its world premiere in the children’s competition section, Mischa Kamp’s Where is Winky’s Horse closed in several territories, including Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg and Italy, with DVD/TV sales signed with Telepool for Germany. A deal is still pending with France.

Another youth film selected in the Generation section, Danish title Fighter by Natasha Arthy, had almost sold to several territories at mid-market, including German-speaking territories, North America and India. A deal had been closed early in the market with Turkey. “It’s looking very exciting,” said Zhou about buyers’ responses to the film.

Set up in 2004, Delphis Films is a division of the FRV Media Company in Canada.

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