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Finns pin best pic on toon ‘Niko’

Karukoski wins best director at Jussi Awards

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:

Best film
“Niko and the Way to the Stars,” producers Petteri Pasanen and Hannu Tuomainen

Director
Dome Karukoski, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”

Actor
Tommi Korpela, “Falling Angels”

Actress
Elena Leeve, “Falling Angels”

 Supporting actor
Pertti Sveholm, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”

 Supporting actress
Elina Knihtila, “Falling Angels”

 Screenplay
Hannu Tuomainen, Marteinn Thorisson, “Niko and the Way to the Stars”

 Cinematography
Rauno Ronkainen, “Tears of April”

 Music
“Risto Rappaaja,” Iiro Rantala

Sound Design
Panu Riikonen, Vesa Merilainen, “Sauna”

Editing
Harri Ylonen, “Home of the Dark Butterflies”

 Art direction
Antti Nikkinen, Ville Vauras, Vladimir Bedrich Dvorak, “Sauna”

 Costume design
Anna Vilppunen, “Sauna”

 Documentary
“Recipes for Disaster,” John Webster

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