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Four local features in Finnish top five, Niko 2 leads

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- After launching Finland's Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble, Finnish writer-director-producer Hannu Tuomainen will back international co-productions for the Finnish Film Foundation

Four local features in Finnish top five, Niko 2 leads

Already controlling 29% of the domestic market and heading for a new record for the 2000s (2011: 17%), Finnish cinema last weekend registered four titles in the top five, with Finnish director Kari Juusonen's Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble [+see also:
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(photo) leading with 26,647 admissions including advance screenings.

Following up on Juusonen's Niko & The Way to the Stars [+see also:
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(2009), which sold 236,000 tickets in Finland and more than three million in more than 30 countries, the 3D CGI-animated family feature was launched by Nordisk Film AB Finland on 115 screens.

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Also in the top five: No 2 Lauri Törhönen's Vares - Tango of Darkness [+see also:
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, the sixth installment in the thriller franchise, 11,196 admissions (38,855 total); No 4 Mika Kaurismäki's Road North [+see also:
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, 6,151 (230,877); No 5 Antti J Jokinen's Purge [+see also:
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, 6,035 (173,816). The only international entry, US director Scott Speer's Step Up Revolution, came in at No 3, with 6,364.

Whatever might happen in a third feature to the young reindeer who defied his vertigo to set out and find his father, a member of Santa Claus's Flying Forces, Finnish writer-director-producer Hannu Tuomainen will not be involved. Having launched Niko 2, Tuominen will become film commissioner at the Finnish Film Foundation, responsible for international minority co-productions.

On 1 January, 2013, Tuomainen and Marjo Valve – chairwoman of the Finnish National Council for Cinema – will replace Jukka Asikainen and Kaisu Isto, whose five-year commissioner periods have come to an end. This year, the foundation will have backed local film production with €21.1 million state funding.

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