Finland sets helmer, producer kudos

Luostarinen, Nordberg and Aho receive nods

Helmer Kiti Luostarinen has been named director of the year by the Assn. of Finnish Film Directors and Kaarie Aho and Kai Nordberg have been named producers of the year by the Central Organization of Finnish Film Producers, it was announced at a gala in Helsinki on Thursday night.

Luostarinen is an acclaimed documentary helmer whose latest film is “Daughters of Palna,” the story of a seven-year-old girl who is adopted from India to Finland.

Aho and Norberg produced Petri Kotwica’s thriller “Black Ice,” the first Finnish film in 18 years in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

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