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Christmas Story makes comeback

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Last year’s top grossing local film in Finland, Juha Wuolijoki’s Christmas Story [+see also:
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, which has since been sold to some 100 territories by Delphi Film, is being brought back to domestic screens today by Sandrew Metronome, as well as in Norway.

Other territories set to release the film this Christmas include Sweden (November 28), Spain, Canada, Estonia, Serbia and Greece. The film has also just been sold to Lightning Media, the North American distribution unit of Lightning Entertainment Group, which has secured multi-platform distribution deals with Anchor Bay Entertainment and Lions Gate in the US, Entertainment One in Canada and Contender Group in the United King.

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"Christmas Story has tremendous appeal for audiences of all ages and has the potential to become an annual staple in the Christmas film category." said Paul Gardner, Co-President of Lightning Media. John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show) lend their voices to the English-language version.

Wuolijoki’s film, produced by his Helsinki/New York-based Snapper Films, reveals the unknown childhood of Santa Claus.

The production company has a new project in the pipeline: the €6m English-language Flight Attendant Academy, which took part in the Rome Film Festival’s New Cinema Network last month.

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