Finland’s Krista Kosonen has won the Best Actress award at China’s biggest cinema event, the Shanghai International Film Festival. Kosonen co-stars in the forthcoming Wildeye, which is entitled Kätilö ('The Midwife') in Finnish. The eight-day festival ended on Sunday with an awards ceremony broadcast to an audience of hundreds of millions.
Filmed in Lithuania with dialogue in Finnish, German and Russian, the movie is to premiere in September.
“This is unbelievable; I feel like I’ve been knocked on the head,” Kosonen told Yle. “I can’t really take this in yet. First I cried and then I laughed,” she said of the awards ceremony.
In the film, Kosonen plays a midwife in Finnish Lapland who has an affair with a German officer during the Lapland War between the two countries in 1944-45.
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Kosonen, 32, describes the role as challenging, calling it a big dramatic role where an actor really has a chance to act.
Wildeye is based on a multiple-award-winning 2011 novel by Katja Kettu. Publication rights for it have been acquired for at least 15 countries.
Kosonen has high praise for director Antti J. Jokinen. He began his career by making TV shows and then pop videos for the likes of Beyonce, Nightwish and Lordi. In 2012 he directed Kosonen in Purge, based on a wartime novel by Finnish author Sofi Oksanen.
Kosonen says she is particularly pleased by the international recognition for a film about Finland – and for the sacrifices made by women here during the Second World War era.