Finnish kudos on ‘Upswing’

Vuoksenmaa nabs three Jussis prizes

Finnish director Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s “Upswing,” about a young couple conned out of all their possessions while they are on vacation, won the award for best Finnish feature Sunday, as the Filmiaura association of film professionals awarded its Jussis prizes — the Finnish Oscar equivalents.

Produced by Lasse Saarinen for Kinotar Prods., “Upswing,” also won for script (Mika Ripatti) and score (Kerkko Koskinen).

Jarmo Lampela garnered the director prize for “Eila,” with star Sari Mallinen winning the actress nod.

Finland’s 2003 local blockbuster, Aleksi Makela’s “Bad Boys,” garnered the audience award and prizes for cinematography and sound design.

Erja Dammert’s “War Children” received Jussis for docu and editing.

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