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Film giant to get 20% of MRP's capital stock

STOCKHOLM — Finland’s biggest film production company, MRP Matila Rohr Productions, is joining forces with Nordisk Film, one of Scandinavia’s film biz giants.

An agreement between the two companies gives Nordisk 20% of MRP’s capital stock. MRP founder and CEO, Marko Rohr, remains the majority shareholder, with a 56% stake, while Ilkka Matila has 24%.

Since 2002, MRP and Nordisk Film have enjoyed a close working relationship, with Nordisk handling distribution and inter-national sales on all MRP pics.

The market share for local pics in the Nordic region has grown consistently in the past few years and the investment by Nor-disk reflects its desire to increase its hold on the regional market.

“Nordisk Film owns film production companies in the other Nordic countries. The partnership with MRP is the optimum way to establish a presence in Finland,” said Michael Juncker, Nordisk’s general manager of film distribution.

MRP consists of parent company, MRP Matila Rohr Productions, which specializes in international pics; Fantasiafilmi, which focuses on drama production for the local market; Talent House, for pics by young filmmakers; and documentary arm MRP Docs.

“Local films will remain the basis of our production, but we also will increase our participation in international co-productions,” said Rohr.

MRP’s latest production, “Mother of Mine,” is Finland’s entry for the foreign language Oscar.

Upcoming features include romantic comedy “FC Venus,” about a group of women who challenge their soccer obsessed hus-bands to a match. But the snag is, if the women win, the men must give up their hobby.

In a deal struck at the Berlin Film Festival in February, MRP’s Talent House and Germany’s Wueste Filmproduktion agreed to shoot German and Finnish versions of the pic one after the other. The original screenplay was written by Finns Outi Keskevaari and Katri Manninen.

The Finnish language version, directed by helmer Joona Tena and produced by Jarkko Hentula and Mikko Tenhunen of Tal-ent House, was shot this summer and will be released in January. Ute Wieland started shooting the German version, from a script adapted by Jan Berger, in Hamburg last week. Pic wraps next month and is released in April.

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