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Kaurismäki Tops Finnish Film Awards

Aki Kaurismäki's film The Man Without a Past was the big winner Sunday night as the Finnish film awards were handed out.

The tale of a homeless amnesiac who finds love at the Salvation Army won six Jussi awards, the domestic version of the Oscars.

2002 was a bumper year for Finnish cinema, with 10 new feature films and unprecedented international acclaim. The Man Without a Past won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May, with its star, Kati Outinen, winning as Best Actress.

The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) earned half a dozen prizes including Best Picture, and another Best Actress prize for Outinen.

Meanwhile Matti Ijäs's film Blue Corner (Haaveiden kehä) picked up three awards, including the Best Actor honour for Sulevi Peltola.