'Rare Exports' takes several awards

LONDON — Holiday season black comedy “Rare Exports” — which revolves around an archeological dig to find Santa Claus — and winter road movie “Lapland Odyssey” were the big winners Sunday at Finland’s national Jussi awards.

“Lapland Odyssey” by Dome Karukoski won best film, director and script awards. It was also the public’s favorite.

“Rare Exports” — by first-time director Jalmari Helander — took kudos in cinematography, music, sound design, editing, set and costume design.

In other awards, best actor went to Ville Virtanen for “Bad Family” and actress to Katja Kuttner for her role as a mental hospital inmate with delusions of grandeur in “Princess.”

The awards, given by Filmiaura, the Finnish film professionals’ association, are Europe’s oldest film awards, founded in 1944.

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