Local Films Strong in Finland

Homegrown titles accounted for a record 27% of total admissions in 2010.


COLOGNE, Germany -- Finnish-language films continue to draw big audiences from Helsinki to Lapland, with homegrown titles accounting for a record 27% of total admissions in 2010, according to the Finnish Film Association.

The top two features in Finland last year were locals: Dome Karukoski’s winter road movie Lapland Odyssey and Mari Rantasila’s children’s film Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief outperformed Hollywood competitors such as Sex And The City 2, Inception andHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, pt. I.

In total, Finnish films sold more than 2 million tickets, a level not seen since the country started keeping box office stats back in 1969.