Finnish films hit 30-year high

Local films in Finland take around $25 million

LONDON — Finnish films have had a record year at the local B.O., according to the Finnish Film Foundation, with admissions and grosses at the highest level in 30 years.

More than 1.9 million tickets were sold for the 23 homemade films released to date — and the figure is likely to top 2 million with Lauri Nurkse’s comedy, “The Night Is Still Young,” opening Christmas Day.

Official box office statistics will not be available until early 2011, but the figure is equivalent to around $25 million in takings.

The last time local films enjoyed such success was in 1978. Top local film of the year in admissions was Mari Rantasila’s “Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief,” which placed first with “Sex and the City 2.”

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