August 20, 2019
The daily brief: 20 August 2019
Finnish director J-P Valkeapää's film Dog's Don't Wear Pants has secured several international distributors and is heading to Toronto and Austin.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Habita, Proxion and the Finnish film Dog’s Don’t Wear Pants make headlines.
Habita is expanding to Ghana’s real estate market with a new office in the capital, Accra, J-P Valkeapää’s Dogs Don’t Wear Pants has secured international distribution deals, and Proxion has won a rail infrastructure project in Estonia.
Finnish real estate agency Habita has expanded its business to Ghana’s capital, Accra. The country of around 30 million inhabitants has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Habita now operates in two African countries, having previously set up shop in Gambia. According to Habita CEO Jari Gardziella, the two real estate markets vary significantly, as buyers in Gambia tend to look for holiday homes and those in Ghana for investment properties.
J-P Valkeapää’s drama film Dogs Don’t Wear Pants has secured several international distributor deals after its world premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The Yellow Affair has sold rights to the film in the UK, Ireland, Japan, Greece, Russia, the Czech Republic and the Baltics, with deals in Australia and New Zealand pending. The film follows Juha (Tom of Finland’s Jukka Strang), who lost his wife in a tragic incident, depicting his unexpected but powerful connection to dominatrix Mona (Krista Kosonen). The next stop for the film is New Nordic Films market, before a stop at Toronto International Film Festival and a US premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
Worth over one million euros for Proxion, the contract is directed at modernising the signalling controls and safety devices of the Estonian railway network. The scope of the project covers nearly the entire network of national railway infrastructure company Eesti Raudtee. Proxion will carry out the project together with Finnish construction management company Welado between 2019–2024, with the latter responsible for overall co-ordination.
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