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Local films sell tickets in Norway

Norwegian films have had a strong second half of the year at the local box office, now with Carpenter Andersen Meets Santa Claus adding to this success.

The family film, directed by Terje Tangnes, opened straight at number one, pushing the US film Doctor Strange from its top chart position. The film received 90,000 admissions from 164 screens. This is the first children’s film produced by Fantefilm, who last year released The Wave.

Carpenter Andersen Meets Santa Claus is based on the literary classic by Alf Prøysen from 1959 and stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Trond Espen Seim.

Last weekend Børning 2: On Ice, also starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen, beat the top-selling US film Me Before You and reached 413,000 admissions, right after Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice (ALSO starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen), which so far has 668,632 admissions.

“Cinema attendance continue to do really well in Norway and it’s a pleasure to see two Norwegian films at the top of the charts,” said Guttorm Petterson, head of Film & Kino. “So far admissions are 10% higher than last year at the same period, and everything seems to indicate that this will be one of the best years in a long time. Norwegian films are important locomotives for film interest and drive other films along.”

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.