The Finnish film Euthanizer [+] has been awarded Best Screenplay at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Writer/Director Teemu Nikki [+] picked up the prize. The film is described as a ‘violent summer noir’ and tells the story of Veijo Haukka, a 50-year-old mechanic whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep but who decides to save the wrong person’s dog. The film’s themes revolve around animal rights, suffering and death. The real story is not about good or evil but the stupidity of absolute men.
The jury handing out the awards was headed by American actor Tommy Lee Jones. Euthanizer was the first Finnish film to screen in the festival’s main competition in 24 years, the previous film being Aki Kaurismäki’s [+] Take Care of Your Scarf in 1994.
Euthanizer is being released in Finland this month.