The Jussi for Best Film goes to The Fencer, with three prizes for Distractions
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Aleksi Salmenperä’s Distractions cashed in on three of its nine nominations for the Finnish national film prize, but missed out on Best Film, which went to Klaus Härö
Finnish director Aleksi Salmenperä’s Distractions [+see also:
film profile] – originally a 2013 stage play at Helsinki’s Q-Teatteri, now adapted for the screen – won three Jussis, Finland’s national film prize, when the Filmiaura professionals association announced its annual awards, published earlier today by the Finnish Film Foundation.
Described as a black comedy about how life keeps interrupting Mr Makkonen – who misses his own engagement party by decades – but also about a tired mother, a doomed superhero and the rest of his comrades in an uncontrollable world, Distractions entered the race with nine nominations, eventually winning such accolades as Best Director and Best Actor (for Tommi Korpela).
Best Film went to Finnish director Klaus Härö’s The Fencer [+see also:
interview: Ivo Felt
film profile], Finland’s official submission for the Oscar nominations for Best Foreign-language Film, and the first Finnish contender for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-language Film in 58 years. We should also point out that award-winning Finnish cinematographer Kari Sohlberg received a Concrete Jussi for Lifetime Achievement.
Here is the full list of winners at the 2016 Jussi Awards:
Tommi Korpela – Distractions
Best Supporting Actor
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius – The Midwife
Tuomo Hutri – The Fencer
Best Musical Score
Pan Sonic – Return of the Atom
Samu Heikkilä – Distractions
Best Set Design
Otso Linnalaakso – Armi Alive!
Seamstress – Ville Suhonen
Concrete Jussi for Lifetime Achievement