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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki wins eight Jussi Awards

The Finnish film awards, the Jussi Awards, were held over the week, with The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki winning eight awards.

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is based on true events as it follows Mäki, the first Finn ever to fight for the World Championship in featherweight boxing – he lost the match by a knockout in the second round, but he still thought it was the best day of his life.

The audience award went to  Tuukka Temonen’s Born in Heinola, which is about five teens growing up in the titular small industrial town, where in 1991 they formed the punk band Apulanta, one of Finland’s most famous music groups.

 

Here is the full list of winners of the 2017 Jussi Awards:

Best Film
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki – Juho Kuosmanen

Best Director
Juho Kuosmanen – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Actress
Linnea Skog – Little Wing

Best Actor
Jarkko Lahti – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Supporting Actress
Oona Airola – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Supporting Actor
Jani Volanen – The Mine

Best Original Screenplay
Pekko Pesonen – The Mine

Best Cinematography
J-P Passi – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Musical Score
Panu Altio – Tale of a Lake

Best Sound Design
Panu Riikonen – Bodom

Best Editing
Jussi Rautaniemi – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Set Design
Santtu Toivola – Flowers of Evil

Best Costume Design
Sari Suominen – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Make-up Design
Salla Yli-Luopa – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Documentary
Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest – Katja Gauriloff

Audience Jussi
Born in Heinola – Tuukka Temonen

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.