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Tove Jansson film scoops up 10 'Finnish Oscar' nominations – but snubbed by US Academy

Six female producers were nominated in the Best Film category, a new record.

Tove Jansson (Alma Pöysti) står och röker och ser rakt in i kameran.
Alma Pöysti as Tove Jansson in Zaida Bergroth's film Tove. Image: Tommi Hynynen / Helsinki-filmi
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The biopic Tove, directed by Zaida Bergroth, has grabbed the most nominations for the Finnish equivalents of the Academy awards, the Jussi awards.

The film focuses on the young adult years of author and artist Tove Jansson, beginning in World War II-era Helsinki, including romantic relationships with a married male politician and a female theatre director.

The movie was nominated for 10 prizes including the top honour, Best Film. For the first time, all five pictures on the Best Film shortlist were produced or co-produced by women.

Finnish-Iranian nominated as Best Director

Two of the three nominees for Best Director are also women, including Bergroth. The other is Finnish-Iranian director Hamy Ramezan for his film, Ensilumi (First Snow).

Another female director, Virpi Suutari, is nominated for Best Documentary for her film Aalto, about architects Alvar and Elissa Aalto.

Tove also brought a Best Actress nod for Alma Pöysti and Best Supporting Actor for Swedish actor Shanti Roney.

It was also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cosmetic Design and Best Original Score (by Swedish composer Matti Bye).

The film was Finland's official entry for the category of Best International Feature Film, but on Wednesday the picture was passed over by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and not included in its final shortlist of 15 nominees.

The Jussi nominations were announced by commercial broadcaster MTV3 on Thursday.

The Jussi Gala is usually held in February, but this year is postponed until an unspecified date next autumn. The first Jussi Awards were handed out in November 1944.

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