Wins film, helmer, actor and music at Finland's awards

Helmer Klaus Haro’s “Letters to Father Jacob” swept the top honors at Finland’s 66th Jussi film awards in Helsinki on Sunday, nabbing best film, director and actor for Heikki Nousiainen.

The tale of faith and human frailty also scored the best music award for Dani Stromback.

“Letters to Father Jacob” was Finland’s choice for consideration in Oscar’s foreign language category but failed to make the shortlist of nine films.

It’s tally of four Jussis was matched by Aleksi Makela’s “Helsinki,” which nabbed best actor in a supporting role (Peter Franzen), set design (Pirjo Rossi), costume design (Tiina Kaukanen) and the audience award

Lead actress went to Minna Haapkyla for “The Interrogation,” while supporting actress went to Amanda Pilke for “Forbidden Fruit.”

“Last Cowboy Standing” won the script honors for Antti Raivio, Jan Forsstrom and Zaida Bergroth, plus sound design for Janne Laine

“The Visitor” took cinematography laurels for Tuomo Hutri and editing for Mervi Junkkonen.

Best documentary was snagged by “The Living Room of the Nation,” directed by Jukka Karkkainen.

The life achievement award went to 83-year-old multi-hyphenate Lasse Poysti.

The Jussis are given by Filmiaura, the Finnish film professionals org.

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