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 has sold 700.000 units, of which more than 100.000 in the U.S. alone.

The English-language version of Christmas Story, also directed by Juha Wuolijoki, features the voices of Cannes winner, Golden Globe nominee John Turturro (Transformers, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink) and Noah Emmerich (Fair Game, The Truman Show, Cop Land).

The deal was brokered by Xiaojuan Zhou of Delphis Films.