With a couple of weeks left to go in the year, ticket sales for domestic films have already hit a new record. As of last weekend, more than 2.52 million people have attended cinema showings of Finnish movies. That's about half the nation's population – and the biggest number since official record-keeping began in the late 1960s.
Irina Krohn, Managing Director of the Finnish Film Foundation, believes that domestic films this year attracted their biggest audiences since the breakthrough of television in the 1950s.
The previous bumper year was 2012, when Finnish pictures drew 2.4 million viewers. The two-million barrier has been shattered four times since the turn of the millennium.
Comedies top box-office list
The number of homegrown movies opening in 2015 was also exceptionally large: according to the foundation 44 domestic titles were shown in movie theatres this year.
The biggest hit was Luokkakokous (Class Reunion), which opened in February. This comedy directed by Taneli Mustonen and starring Sami Hedberg, Aku Hirviniemi and Jaajo Linnonmaa, has attracted more than half a million viewers despite – or because of – its minimum viewer age rating of 16.
Other box office magnets have included Napapiirin sankarit 2 (Lapland Odyssey 2), the kiddie comedy Risto Räppääjä ja Sevillan saituri (Ricky Rapper and the Miser from Seville) and the wartime romantic drama Kätilö (Wildeye).