Finnish film Euthanizer continues global success
Finnish writer-director Teemu Nikki has won the Best Screenplay Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) for his latest movie.
The film is the Finland’s first in 24 years to compete at the prestigious festival, the last being Aki Kaurismäki’s Pidä Huivista Kiinni, Tatiana (Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana) in 1994.
The five-person international jury was chaired by American actor-director Tommy Lee Jones, and also included directors and actors from Iran, France, China and Japan.
The producer of Euthanizer, Jani Pösö, joked during the closing ceremony that it was the first script he hadn’t co-written with director Nikki, “so of course it won.”
Pösö also commented on the honour, “I talked with Teemu [who had left the festival early] and he wants to send his warmest regards to everyone. He was so totally happy. This is our first big prize from a big festival, and we’ve had such a wonderful experience at the Tokyo International Film Festival.”
Finnish audiences will get a chance to see the Euthanizer in action when it premieres domestically on 24 November.