HELSINKI — For the first time in Finnish film history, the award for best pic was bestowed on an animated film as “Niko and the Way to the Stars,” the story of a reindeer boy looking for his dad, won Sunday at the Jussi Awards.
Producer-director Hannu Tuomainen shared the film award with Marteinn Thorisson for the Finnish-Danish co-production, which also took the screenplay trophy.
“Home of the Dark Butterflies,” a drama about an island-set boys’ reformatory that was nommed in 10 of 14 categories, won five Jussis, including director for Dome Karukoski, supporting actor (Pertti Sveholm) and editor (Harri Ylonen).
The rest of the acting prizes went to Tommi Korpela, Elena Leeve and Elina Knihtila of “Falling Angels.” Heikki Kujanpaa’s debut is an adaptation of a stage play about two moody poets’ marriage.
Complete list of winners:
“Niko and the Way to the Stars,” producers Petteri Pasanen and Hannu Tuomainen
Dome Karukoski, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”
Tommi Korpela, “Falling Angels”
Elena Leeve, “Falling Angels”
Pertti Sveholm, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”
Elina Knihtila, “Falling Angels”
Hannu Tuomainen, Marteinn Thorisson, “Niko and the Way to the Stars”
Rauno Ronkainen, “Tears of April”
“Risto Rappaaja,” Iiro Rantala
Panu Riikonen, Vesa Merilainen, “Sauna”
Harri Ylonen, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”
Antti Nikkinen, Ville Vauras, Vladimir Bedrich Dvorak, “Sauna”
Anna Vilppunen, “Sauna”
“Recipes for Disaster,” John Webster