- Finnish director Antti Jokinen's adaption of Sofi Oksinen's novel and Aku Louhimies' depiction of Finland are each nominated in eight categories for the prizes, which will be presented on February 3
Finnish director Antti Jokinen's Purge[+see also: trailer film profile] (photo) and Aku Louhimies' Naked Harbour[+see also: trailer interview: Laura Birn film profile] both received eight nominations, when the Filmauri association of film professionals announced the contenders for the 2013 Jussis - Finland's national film prize, which was instigated in 1944. The awards will be presented at a February 3 gala in Helsinki.
The adaption of Sofi Oksinen's novel, which won the Nordic Council Literary Award in 2007, Purge is set in Estonia, where it follows two generations of women before an after Soviet regime, intertwining the lives of Aliide, a villager, and Zara, a victim of human trafficking.
Purge took 208,501 admissions domestically, to become No 3 on the chart of local fare. With a plot of seven parallel stories, Naked Harbour is set in the suburb of Vuosaari, the last stop on the metro line, as an episodic picture of today's Finland.
FULL LIST OF JUSSI NOMINATIONS 2013
Best Film: Almost 18. Prod: Maarit Lalli. Miss Blue Jeans. Prods: Outi Rousu, Markku Flink. Naked Harbour. Prods: Pauli Pentti, Liisa Penttilä. Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble. Prods: Petteri Pasanen, Hannu Tuomainen. Purge. Prods: Maria Avdjuško, Kristian Taska, Jukka Helle, Markus Selin
Best Director: J Jokinen, for Purge. Maarit Lalli, for Almost 18. Aku Louhimies, for Naked Harbour
Best Actor: Samuli Edelmann and Vesa-Matti Loiri, for Road North[+see also: trailer film profile] (Dir: Mika Kaurismäki). Eero Ritala, for Fanatics (Dir: Teppo Airaksinen)
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