They Have Escaped, but not from four Jussis
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- J-P Valkeapää’s third feature was the big winner at the Finnish national film awards, from which veteran actor Antti Litja walked away with two statuettes
Veteran Finnish actor Antti Litja, who has performed in 118 films, left last night’s Jussi gala with two statuettes: one (in gypsum) for Best Actor, for playing the titular role in The Grump [+see also:
film profile], Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s local blockbuster about a die-hard old man having to face the changing world; and the other (in concrete) for his contributions to Finnish cinema.
While The Grump had to make do with one prize (and 458,637 admissions last year), Finnish director J-P Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped [+see also:
interview: J-P Valkeapää
film profile] won four, including Best Feature and Best Director, at the awards ceremony organised by the Filmiaura Association of Finnish Film Professionals.
They Have Escaped had been nominated seven times, while Antti Heikki Pesonen’s Headfirst [+see also:
film profile] had been considered in five categories and cashed in on two national film prizes, the same as Virpi Suutari’s documentary, Garden Lovers.
Full list of Finnish Jussi winners 2015
Best Film: They Have Escaped, prod: Aleksi Bardy
Best Director: J-P Valkeapää, for They Have Escaped
Best Actress: Anu Sinisalo, for No Thank You, dir: Samuli Valkama
Best Actor: Antti Litja, for The Grump,dir: Dome Karukoski
Best Supporting Actress: Mimosa Willamo, for Headfirst
Best Screenplay: Antti Heikki Pesonen, for Headfirst, dir: Antti Heikki Pesonen
Best Musical Score: Sanna Salmenkallio, for Garden Lovers, dir: Virpi Suutari
Best Sound Design: Micke Nyström, for They Have Escaped
Best Editing: Mervi Junkkonen, for They Have Escaped
Best Set Design: Markku Pätilä, for The Surrealist and His Naughty Hand, dir: Pekka Lehto
Best Costume Design: Auli Turtiainen, for Jill and Joy, dir: Saara Cantell
Best Make-up: Jessica Simonsson, for Raspberry Boat Refugee, dir: Leif Lindblom
Best Documentary: Garden Lovers
Honorary Concrete Jussi: actor Antti Litja
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