Miekkailija ‘The Fencer’ Wins the Jussi for Best Film – Here Are the Highlights of the Finnish Film Awards

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The producers of Miekkailija 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

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

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.”

“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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jussi Award. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

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