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Ella and Friends will have the international premiere at Toronto


Ella and Friends, having almost 100 000 admissions in the local cinemas, has been chosen as the only Finnish contender to participate this year’s Toronto TIFF Kids film festival. The family adventure comedy Ella and Friends, directed by Taneli Mustonen and produced by Juha Wuolijoki’s Snapper Films Oy, will have its international premiere in Toronto

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Tony Sirico and Brendan Fehr start shooting “Zarra’s Law” in New York


The drama feature Zarra’s Law, starring The Sopranos star Tony Sirico, starts shooting in New York. Finnish film maker Juha Wuolijoki (Christmas Story, a Scandinavian box office and sales phenom) directs. Joseph Scarpinito, who also co-wrote the script with Charles Kipps, produces alongside Wuolijoki for Scarpe Diem Productions and Snapper Films. Alongside Sirico (Goodfellas), Zarra’s

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FilmSharks nabs ‘Hella W’


Buenos Aires -based world sales agent FilmSharks announced its most recent acquisition of a high quality film from Finland, entitled HELLA W, for the international marketplace outside Scandinavia and Estonia. HELLA W, a visually stunning drama directed by the award-winning Finnish director Juha Wuolijoki, recounts the true story of Hella Wuolijoki, an internationally acclaimed businesswoman,

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Only Hearts nabs Christmas Story for Japan


Only Hearts has acquired the Japanese rights for CHRISTMAS STORY, the Finnish family hit by director Juha Wuolijoki. The award-winning family film has spread wider than any Finnish feature, selling to 120 countries with theatrical releases in several territories including China, Spain and Scandinavia, and racking up more than one million admissions worldwide. The DVD

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Snapper hosts Carmen Maura starrer


The principal photography of Let My People Go! has started in Helsinki. The feature comedy, executive produced by Snapper Films, stars 4-time Goya Award winner Carmen Maura (Volver and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Pedro Almodóvar). The film, produced by Cannes-vets Philippe Martin and Géraldine Michelot of Les Films Pelléas, takes

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Principal photography completed on Hella W


Principal photography is completed for the drama-thriller Hella W. The film is on schedule for its January 2011 theatrical release. Hella W is produced by Snapper Films Oy and distributed in Scandinavia by Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy.

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Nordisk Film & TV Fond supports Hella W


Snapper’s feature film project Hella W has been granted a support of NOK 750.000 by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Hella W is a biopic about Hella Wuolijoki, Finland’s most complex and widely talented woman of influence. Scripted by Outi Nyytäjä and helmed by Juha Wuolijoki, the film recounts the true story of the internationally

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Snapper, Black Forest strike deal


Snapper Films and Berlin-based Black Forest Films enter into co-operation. The principal photography of the comedy “Father Son and Holy Cow” starts in Poland next summer, with Snapper’s Juha Wuolijoki co-producing. The heart-warming comedy, helmed by first-timer Radek Wegrzyn and starring Zbigniew Zamachowski (Three Colors: White, The Pianist), recounts the story of a man who

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Snapper’s next feature gets most support ever from Finnish Film Foundation


After the world-wide success of Christmas Story, The Finnish Film Foundation (FFF) has awarded a historical $1 million (€800,000) of advance funding to director Juha Wuolijoki’s second feature Hella W, produced by Snapper Films. Based on an original screenplay by Outi Nyytäjä, a Finnish intellectual and literary legend, Hella W is set in the most

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Christmas Story DVD opens to platinum sales


Snapper Films’ family hit becomes the first-ever Finnish DVD release to sell platinum. The DVD and Blu-Ray editions were released in Finland by Sandrew Metronome on November 26, 2008. The two-disk Special Edition includes the English-language version of Christmas Story, featuring the voices of Golden Globe nominee John Turturro (Transformers, Big Lebowski, Oh Brother Where

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