LONDON — “Le Havre,” directed, written and produced by Aki Kaurismaki, will rep Finland in the foreign-language film Oscar race.

The pic was selected by a jury supervised by the Finnish Film Chamber. Jury members included actress, singer-songwriter Kaija Karkinen, director Aku Louhimies, producer Liisa Penttila and director-scriptwriter Ville Suhonen.

The film had its world preem in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded with the Fipresci prize and the special mention of the Ecumenical Jury. It also won best international film at the Munich Film Festival.

The pic was produced by Sputnik Oy, and was co-produced by France’s Pyramide Productions and Germany’s Pandora Film.

It toplines Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

The film centers on a man who shines shoes for a living, who tries to save a refugee child.

The jury stated: ” ‘Le Havre’ is a beautiful and coherent film. The humane story is universal and timeless.”

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