Ticket sales up for Finnish pix

'Rolli,' 'Me and Morrison,' 'Lovers' among top-grossers

COPENHAGEN — Finnish films doubled their ticket sales in the local market, contributing to the 18.4% growth of admissions in 2002, according to statistics published by the Finnish Film Foundation.

Cinema attendance reached 7.7 million, with domestic productions accounting for 1.3 million, taking a 17% share, up on 10% in 2001.

Last year’s Finnish top-grossers include Olli Saarela’s “Rolli” (260,273 admissions), Lenka Hellstedt’s “Me and Morrison” (245,647), Aku Louhimies’ “Lovers and Leavers” (215,417), and Kaisa Rastimo’s “Hayflower and Quiltshoe” (211,571).

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