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Lalli's Almost 18 feature debut takes top awards at Finland's Jussis

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- Finnish director Maarit Lalli won for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and Antti Jokinen’s Purge received five prizes, when Finland’s Filmauri presented the national film awards

Lalli's Almost 18 feature debut takes top awards at Finland's Jussis

Finnish director Maarit Lalli’s low-budget (€315,000) feature debut Almost 18 [+see also:
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 (photo) – which she also co-wrote and produced for Huh huh Filmi – won for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, when Finland’s Filmauri association of film professionals presented the national film awards, the Jussis, at a gala in Helsinki yesterday (February 3).

Lalli’s film, which was nominated in six categories, portrays five Finnish teenagers, Karri, Pete, André, Akseli and Joni “with normal families, normal problems, normal feelings – there was nothing we couldn’t overcome. And then one year everything started going to shit.” Almost 18 sold 39,000 tickets in Finland.

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Both Antti Jokinen’s Purge [+see also:
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– No 3 on the 2012 charts, from 209,000 admissions, and Finland’s official Oscar candidate - and Aku Louhimies’s Naked Harbour [+see also:
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were nominated for eight Jussis; Jokinen left with five trophies, while Louhimies was awarded none. Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi’s The Punk Syndrome [+see also:
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, which was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Film Prize, won for Best Documentary and Best Editing.

Finnish 80-year-old actress Anneli Sauli, whose most recent feature was Saraa Cantell’s Heartbeats [+see also:
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(2009), received a Life Achievement Jussi – in concrete. Sauli, who is still active, has played in 57 Finnish film and TV productions, including Aki Kurismäki’s The Man without a Past [+see also:
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(2002); she will shortly be in Lauri Nurkse’s drama-comedy series Scraps.

2013 WINNERS OF FINLAND’S JUSSI AWARDS:

Best Film: Almost 18. Prod: Maarit Lalli

Best Director: Maarit Lalli, for Almost 18

Best Actor: Eero Ritala, for Fanatics

Best Actress: Laura Birn, for Purge

Best Supporting Actor: Santtu Karvonen, for Gloriously Wasted

Best Supporting ActressLiisi Tandefelt, for Purge  

Best Original Screenplay: Maarit Lalli, Henrik Mäki-Tanila, for Almost 18

Best Cinematography: Rauno Ronkainen, for Purge

Best Musical Score: Karsten Fundal, for Canned Dreams

Best Sound Design: Kirka Sainio, for Purge  

Best Editing: Riitta Poikselkä, for The Punk Syndrome 

Best Set Design: Ulrika von Vegesack, for Iron Sky [+see also:
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Best Costume Design: Tiina Wilén, for Miss Blue Jeans [+see also:
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Best Make-Up: Riikka Virtanen, for Purge

Best Documentary: The Punk Syndrome. Dirs:  Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Audience Award: Nightmare. Dir: Marko Äijö

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