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‘River’ floods Finnish Jussis

Lampela's laffer takes five awards, including best picture

HELSINKI — Director-writer Jarmo Lampela’s “The River” (Joki) nabbed five Jussis, the Finnish film awards, Sunday night.

His comedy of small-town life scooped best picture, director, script, editing and sound design.

Olli Saarela’s fantasy adventure for children, “Rollo and the Spirit of the Woods” (Rölli ja metsänhenki), nabbed set design, lensing and wardrobes.

The first award for documentary was won by Susanna Helke and Virpi Suutari, whose feature-length doc “The Idle Ones” (Joutilaat) depicted the lazy days and long nights of unemployed youngsters.

Jussi for best actor went to Martti Suosalo for his performance in the biopic about a Finnish pop singer in “The Rose of a Rascal” (Rentun ruusu).

Best actress was Irina Bjorklund for her performance in a twentysomethings’ alcohol-fueled drama “Me and Morrison” (Minä ja Morrison).

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