Finnish films win in Helsinki

They Have Escaped

Pirjo Honkasolo’s Concrete Night and J-P Valkeapään’s They Have Escaped were among the winners at the Finnish Film Week (Sept 18-24) in Helsinki. Concrete Night won various crew awards including art director (Pentti Valkeasuo), gaffer (Jani Lehtinen), and camera operator (Nea Salmisen). They Have Escaped won Producer of the Year (Aleksi Bardy/Helsinki-Filmi) and Director of the year (J-P Valkeapää).

Other highlights of the Finnish Film Week include the special recognition of screenwriter Petja Peltomaa, head of drama at Yellow Film & TV.

Actors to receive recognition included Minna Haapkylä for Jörn Donner’s Armi Alive!; Antti Litja who starred in Dome Karukovski’s 2014 comedy The Grump; and Janne Reinikainen for her role in Teppo Airaksinen’s comedy sequel Lapland Odyssey 2, which Nordisk Film will release in Finnish cinemas this week.

The 6th Finnish Film Week was held during the 28thHelsinki International Film Festival “Love & Anarchy” (Sept 17-27).

“Love & Anarchy” opened with Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs and closed with Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.

Info via ScreenDaily

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.