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5 Jussis for Dog Nail Clipper

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Markku Pölönen’s Dog Nail Clipper (Koirankynnen leikkaaja) was the big winner of the ‘Finnish Oscars’ ceremony (Jussi Awards) held last Sunday February 6 in Helsinki. The Filmiaura - association of 230 Finnish film professionals- gave it five awards for Best film, direction, actor in a leading role (Peter Franzén), script by the director, and cinematography (Kari Sohlberg).
Produced by Fennada Filmi Oy and released exactly a year ago by Buena Vista International Finland, the film was the second most popular local title in 2004 with 195,511 admissions. Brussels Ave is handling its international sales.

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The other Jussi winners of 2004 were Liisa Helminen’s Pelicanman (Pelikaanimies) which won 2 awards for its sound (Paul Jyrälä) and set design (Jussi Halenen, Samuli Halla Ja Petri Neuvonen), Three Rooms of Melancholia (Melancholian 3 huonetta) by Pirjo Honkasalo named Best documentary film with the Best music (Sana Salmenkallio). The title of Best actress of the year went to Outi Mäenpää for her part in Flowers and Binding (Kukkia ja sidontaa); the Best supporting actress award was given to Minttu Mustakallio for Aleksi Salmenperä ’s romantic comedyProducing Adults (Lapsia ja aikuisia); the Jussi for Best actor in a leading role went to Kari Väänänen for the film Trench Road (Juoksuhaudantie), the Jussi for Best editing went to Kimmo Taavila for the film Vares, and the Jussi for Best Costume design went to Elina Kolehmainen for Harbour Brothers (Keisarikunta).

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