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Boxer biopic rakes in Jussi film awards

The annual Jussi gala recognises the best domestic films and filmmakers of the previous year. This time the already internationally acclaimed The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki took the cake with eight wins, including Best Picture.

Parhaan elokuvan Jussi-patsaan vastaanottivat ohjaaja Juho Kuosmanen ja tuottaja Jussi Rantamäki (vas.) elokuvasta Hymyilevä mies
Producer Jussi Rantamäki and director Juho Kuosmanen got statuettes on Friday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

The best and brightest stars of Finnish cinema, on camera and off, were celebrated at the annual Jussi gala on Friday. Of all the domestic movies to come out in 2016, the boxing love story The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki received the most awards – eight in total including for Best Picture.

_Olli Mäki _rose to international fame after it swept the Cannes film festival last year. Now director Juho Kuosmanen is the proud owner of a Best Director Jussi as well.

Female first-timers were well represented at the gala. Best Female Lead went to Linnea Skog, just 13 years old, for Little Wing. Skog says she wants her prize to be a sign that young people should reach for the stars.

Parhaan naispääosan Jussi-patsaan vastaanotti Linnea Skog elokuvasta Tyttö nimeltä Varpu
Linnea Skog, Best Actress in a Leading Role Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

"To those teenagers who don't believe in themselves or that they can achieve their dreams: believe in yourself. Those dreams will come true some day. My dream did today," Skog said in her acceptance speech.

Oona Airola nabbed the Best Female Supporting Role for her role in Olli Mäki, her first foray onto the silver screen.

Jokes abounded at the fête as Olli Mäki Male Lead winner Jarkko Lahti teased actor-host Mikko Leppilampi for being a go-to leading man. Male Supporting Role victor Jani Volanen ironically thanked the real-life Talvivaara boss Pekka Perä (whom he plays in Jättiläinen), "without whom this role would never have been possible".

2016 Jussi winners

Best Screenplay: Pekko Pesonen, Jättiläinen

Best Scenography: Santtu Toivola, Flowers of Evil

Best Makeup: Salla Yli-Luopa, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Best Cinematography: J-P Passi, Olli Mäki

Best Costume Design: Sari Suominen, Olli Mäki

Best Film Editing: Jussi Rautaniemi, Olli Mäki

Best Sound Design: Panu Riikonen, Bodom

Best Music: Panu Altio, Tale of a Lake

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jani Volanen, Jättiläinen

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Oona Airola, Olli Mäki

Audience Favourite: Teit meistä kauniin

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jarkko Lahti, Olli Mäki

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Linnea Skog, Little Wing

Best Director: Juho Kuosmanen, Olli Mäki

Best Documentary: Kaisa's Enchanted Forest

Best Picture: Olli Mäki

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