Finnish film industry professionals gather on the 1st of February for the Jussi Awards, the annual celebration of the best in Finnish film.
THE WINNERS of the Jussi Awards (the Finnish equivalent of the Oscars) will be announced at the Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki on 1 February. The Jussi prize was founded by the Film Journalists’ Association and first awarded on 16th November 1944, earning it the title of Europe’s oldest film award.
Jussi nominees are selected by members of Aura Film, the Association of Finnish Film Professionals and by secret ballot. The Jussi Awards cover 14 categories: best film, best director, best actress in a leading role, best actor in a leading role, best actress in a supporting role, best actor in a supporting role, best script, best cinematography, best music, best editing, best sound design, best set design, best costume design and best documentary.
The highest amount of nominations went to The Home of Dark Butterflies/Tummien perhosten koti (10 nominations), Sauna (7 nominations) and Falling Angels/Putoavia enkeleitä (4 nominations).
My bet for best script would be Three in Love (Kolmistaan), directed by Peter Lindholm. The Jussi for best direction could well go to Mika Kaurismäki for Three Wise Men (Kolme viisasta miestä). As for best film, I would go for The Home of Dark Butterflies, the story of a troubled teen and his journey discovering inner-strength and self-acceptance.
SUSAN FOURTANE – HT