Kaurismaki draws director kudos

World Brief

Aki Kaurismaki has been chosen as director of the year by the Assn. of Finnish Film Directors, while Ilkka Matila was named producer of the year by the Central Organization of Finnish Film Producers.

The honors were announced Friday at a gala dedicated to Finnish cinema organized by the Helsinki Film Festival, which runs Sept. 14-24.

The gala culminated in the local premiere of Aku Louhimies’ “Frozen City” (Valkoinen kaupunki).

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