The best Finnish films were awarded tonight with a Jussi at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.
Here are the winners in the main categories.
BEST FILM AND DIRECTING
Producer Aleksi Bardy grabs the award for the best film ‘They Have Escaped’. “I used to tell the youth that prizes don’t matter. I might have to check that saying right now.” The director of the movie, J-P Valkeapää, wins the Jussi for directing. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Anu Sinisalo wins the award for the best actress in a leading role in ‘No thank you’. “Right now, I am the happiest woman in the world. I want to thank all the people I’ve met during my life because they have helped me to play my roles,” she said in tears. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Actor Antti Litja won the award for the best actor and in a leading role in ‘The Grump’. Litja also won the lifetime achievement award Concrete-Jussi. His grandson Leo Litja received the prizes in behalf of his grandfather. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
BEST FILM SELECTED BY THE VIEWERS
‘In a Car to Nepal – A Movie of Dreams’ is a crowd-funded film production, documenting the journey of three Finns who decided to drive a modified postal van 20,000 kilometre to Nepal. In the name of charity. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mimosa Willamo wins the award for the best actress in a supporting role in’ Headfirst’. Picture: Aleksandra Okolo-Kulak for Finland Today
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Petri Manninen grabbed the award for the best actor in a supporting role in ‘Korso’.
Peter Flinckenberg wins the award for cinematography in ‘Pixadores’. “This is dazzling, I want to thank my colleagues who have supported me. They have always supported me.” Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Sanna Salmenkallio wins the award for best music in ‘Garden Lovers’. “There are two thing I learned while working with this movie. We only have the present moment. We have to learn to live in this moment. I am very thankful that I can do the work I love.” Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Mervi Junkkonen wins the award for editing in ‘They Have Escaped’. “I shaked some rules out of me while editing the movie”. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Markku Pätilä wins the Jussi for set design in ‘The Surrealist and His Naughty Hand’. Pätilä dares to break the limits. We need this in the present day. “Jesus. I’m god smacked,” said Annika Salonen who received the prize in behalf of Pätilä. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Jussi Awards are annual film awards for 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: best film, direction, actress in a leading role, actor in a leading role, actress in a supporting role, actor in a supporting role, script, cinematography, music, editing, sound design, set design, costume design, makeup design and documentary. The first Jussi Awards were given in 1944.