CHRISTMAS STORY

JOULUTARINA

By Juha WUOLIJOKI

SNAPPER FILMS OY - as DISTR VOD, Scandinavia / PROD

Family - Completed 2007

The box office hit CHRISTMAS STORY recounts the unique and amazing journey of Santa Claus on his way to becoming the Santa that the world knows and loves.

    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Family
    • Countries
    • FINLAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FINNISH
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juha WUOLIJOKI
    • Writer(s)
    • Marko LEINO
    • EIDR 10.5240/13D7-965E-9E1D-0F93-F45C-J
    • Producer(s)
    • Juha WUOLIJOKI
    • Synopsis
    • The box office hit CHRISTMAS STORY recounts the unique and amazing journey of Santa Claus on his way to becoming the Santa that the world knows and loves. The top-grossing Finnish film of 2007 has been sold to 120 countries, with theatrical releases in several territories including Spain, China, Scandinavia etc. The English version of CHRISTMAS STORY features the voices of John Turturro and Noah Emmerich.
      SYNOPSIS
      In a remote village in Lapland, young Nikolas loses his family in an accident. The villagers decide to look after the orphaned boy together. Each family will take care of Nikolas for one year, and at the end of each year, on Christmas Day, Nikolas will have to move to a new home. To show his gratitude to the villagers, Nikolas decides to make toys for the children of the families that have cared for him as good-bye presents. Over the years, Nikolas’s former adoptive families become many, and soon almost every house has presents on its doorstep on Christmas morning.
      When the village suffers a food shortage, the villagers have to send Nikolas to work as an apprentice for the hermit carpenter, Iisakki. Under Iisakki’s cruel tutelage, Nikolas develops skills that enable him to create even better presents, and to work even faster. The child-hating Iisakki, however, forbids Nikolas from making gifts for his old village, and the Christmas present tradition is in danger of coming to an end.
      DIRECTOR JUHA WUOLIJOKI
      Juha Wuolijoki’s (b. 1969) previous film, the television movie “Gourmet Club” (Snapper Films, 2004), won the Venla Award for Best Television Film of 2004. It also received international acclaim at several festivals, including winning the award for Best Screenplay at the Monte Carlo Television Festival and Best Foreign Film at the Long Island International Film Expo in New York. Christmas Story is Juha’s first family film.
    • Production schedule
    • Christmas Story opened theatrically in Finland on November 16, 2007 and was re-released Xmas 2008, 2009 and 2010. Theatrical releases Christmas 2008-2010 in Spain, China, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Greece, Poland etc.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 01, 2007
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