HomeFilmsMiekkailija ‘The Fencer’ Wins the Jussi for Best Film – Here Are the Highlights of the Finnish Film Awards Tony Öhberg 03/20/2016 Films, News The producers of ‘Miekkailija (The Fencer)’ posing from left to right: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho and Jörg Bundusch. Märt Avandi, the lead actor of the film, smiling on the right at the YLE studios in Pasila, Helsinki on March 19 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Miekkailija (The Fencer), directed by Klaus Härö, grabbed the Jussi Award for the best film and cinematography. Congratulations! In our opinion, it’s the best Finnish film in a decade. Actress Krista Kosonen. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today “The message of the film (Miekkailija) is very important. Today, Finland and Europe is filled with people in bad positions and they need help. I hope that this film will help people to understand that now is the time to reach out for the fellow human being,” said Kai Nordberg, one of the producers of Miekkailija, while holding the statuette of gypsum at the stage of YLE studios in a direct broadcast on Saturday evening. “The people who have arrived in Finland and other countries, should be treated with compassion and love. In that way, the country will also be better for us to live in.”Clickable advertisement. (The story continues below.) “The people who have arrived in Finland and other countries, should be treated with compassion and love. In that way, the country will also be better for us to live in.” Miekkailija is the only film in the history of Finnish film, which has been selected in the Oscars’ shortlist and was also a nominee for the Golden Globe Award. Other highlights of the Jussi celebrations included Krista Kosonen winning the award for the best actress in her phenomenal leading role in Kätilö. Kosonen herself couldn’t attend the ceremony because she is advancing her career in the US. Tommi Korpela. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Tommi Korpela, a Finnish film trouper, grabbed the award for the best actor in a leading role in Häiriötekijä. This was the third Jussi of his career. The award for best directing went to Aleksi Salmenperä also for Häiriötekijä, and the popular comedy received still another award for editing. The prize for the audience favourite went to Luokkakokous, a crazy comedy directed by Taneli Mustonen in the spirit of the popular Hollywood film Hangover (2009). Antti (Sami Hedberg) (left), Tuomas (Jaajo Linnonmaa) and Niklas (Aku Hirviniemi) in the film ‘Luokkakokous (The Class Reunion)’. Picture: Solar Films Laura Birn, one of the most accomplished Finnish actresses, posing at 2016 Jussi Awards. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Birn stole the attention with her transparent dress. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Minka Kuustonen, an actress looking stunning in her dress of crimson. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Actor Antti Reini and his partner Anu Sinisalo. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today Eero Ritala, a nominee for the best actor in a supporting role in ‘Häiriötekijä’. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today THE COMPLETE LIST OF THE WINNERS AT THE 2016 JUSSI AWARDS Best Film ARMI ELÄÄ! / producers Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff BIG GAME / producer Petri Jokiranta HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ / producers Mikko Tenhunen ja Yrjö Nieminen MIEKKAILIJA / producers Kai Nordberg ja Kaarle Aho TOISET TYTÖT / producers Matti Halonen, Leila Lyytikäinen The winner: MIEKKAILIJA / producers Kai Nordberg ja Kaarle Aho Directing Jörn Donner / ARMI ELÄÄ! Jalmari Helander / BIG GAME Aleksi Salmenperä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ The winner: Aleksi Salmenperä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Actress in a leading role Minna Haapkylä / ARMI ELÄÄ! Krista Kosonen / KÄTILÖ Misa Lommi / TOISET TYTÖT The winner: Krista Kosonen / KÄTILÖ Actor in a leading role Märt Avandi / MIEKKAILIJA Tommi Korpela / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Jussi Vatanen / NAPAPIIRIN SANKARIT 2 The winner: Tommi Korpela / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Actress in a supporting role Pirjo Lonka / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Mari Rantasila / HENKESI EDESTÄ Anna-Leena Sipilä / VIIKOSSA AIKUISEKSI The winner: Mari Rantasila / HENKESI EDESTÄ Actor in a supporting role Eero Ritala / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Pirkka-Pekka Petelius / KÄTILÖ Kari Ketonen / NAPAPIIRIN SANKARIT 2 The winner: Pirkka-Pekka Petelius / KÄTILÖ Script Karoliina Lindgren / ARMI ELÄÄ! Teemu Nikki, Jani Pösö / LOVEMILLA Ville Suhonen / OMPELIJATAR The winner: Karoliina Lindgren / ARMI ELÄÄ! Cinematography Tuomo Hutri F.S.C. / MIEKKAILIJA Mika Orasmaa F.S.C. / BIG GAME Rauno Ronkainen F.S.C. / KÄTILÖ The winner: Tuomo Hutri F.S.C. / MIEKKAILIJA Music Stephen McKeon / HENKESI EDESTÄ Pan Sonic / ATOMIN PALUU Juri Seppä ja Miska Seppä / BIG GAME The winner: Pan Sonic / ATOMIN PALUU Editing Samu Heikkilä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Samu Heikkilä / TOISET TYTÖT Tuuli Kuittinen / OMPELIJATAR The winner: Samu Heikkilä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Sound design Timo Anttila ja Tuomas Seppänen / BIG GAME Kirka Sainio, Samu Heikkilä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Pietari Koskinen / OMPELIJATAR The winners: Timo Anttila ja Tuomas Seppänen / BIG GAME Set design Christian Eisele / BIG GAME Otso Linnalaakso / ARMI ELÄÄ! Markku Pätilä / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ The winner: Otso Linnalaakso / ARMI ELÄÄ! Costume design Anna Vilppunen / LOVEMILLA Riitta-Maria Vehman / TOISET TYTÖT Marjatta Nissinen / TYTTÖKUNINGAS The winner: Marjatta Nissinen / TYTTÖKUNINGAS Makeup design Pia Mikkonen / ARMI ELÄÄ! Riikka Virtanen / HÄIRIÖTEKIJÄ Salla Yli-Luopa / LOVEMILLA The winner: Salla Yli-Luopa / LOVEMILLA Documentary ATOMIN PALUU / ohjaajat Mika Taanila, Jussi Eerola HYVÄSTI AFRIKKA / ohjaaja Iiris Härmä OMPELIJATAR / ohjaaja Ville Suhonen The winner: OMPELIJATAR / ohjaaja Ville Suhonen MORE INFO Jussi Awards celebrates the best achievements within Finnish cinema. The awards are given by Filmiaura, an association of Finnish film professionals. The Jussi Awards cover altogether 15 categories. The first Jussis were given in 1944 and it’s one of the oldest film awards in Europe. The trophy, designed by sculptor Ben Renvall, is made of gypsum and depicts a nude man with a hat. Jussi Award. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today Comments comments GET NOTIFICATIONS OF NEW ARTICLES NameEmailThank you!