Aki Kaurismaki swept the annual Finnish film prizes, the Jussi awards, Feb. 8. His “The Match Factory Girl” was awarded prizes for best director, best actress and best supporting actor and actress.

The prize for best actress was taken by Kati Outinen, remembered from “Shadows In Paradise” by Kaurismaki. Best actor Matti Pellonpaa is well known from several Kaurismaki films, though this time he won for his role in “Rapsy & Dolly” by Matti Ijas. The best supporting actors were Esko Nikkari and Elina Salo.

Kaurismaki’s regular photographer, Timo Salminen, was honored for his work in Kaurismaki’s “I Hired A Contract Killer.” The prize for sound was given to Jouko Lumme for “Amazon” (directed by Aki’s brother, Mika).

The only statues that fell clearly outside the Kaurismaki camp were the those for production design (Tom Hamberg in “Friends, Comrades” by Rauni Mollberg), and the producer’s award (Heikki Takkinen for “The New Adventures Of That Family Kilkunen”).

Renny Harlin received a “concrete Jussi,” an honorary award “for his rise from anonymity to the Hollywood elite.” Harlin’s career rocketed last year with “The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane” and “Die Hard 2.”

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