Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro), directed by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen is the first documentary film to represent Finland at Academy Awards nominations.
Steam of Life competes for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. According to the jury Steam of Life is a unique and brave movie, portraying a wide range of feelings. The final Oscar nominees will be published on January 25th 2011 and the awards will be presented at the end of February.
The documentary film was premiered on March 26th and it has been viewed by over 34 000 Finnish spectators. Steam of Life has been released also in Swedish cinemas, and next year it will be shown also in Norwegian and Polish cinemas. The documentary will be showcased at over ten different international film festivals this autumn.
The documentary has won first prizes in Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Pärnu, as well as receiving a Special Jury Mention at the Silverdocs documentary film festival in the US and the Prize of the Interreligious Jury at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland. Steam of Life has also won several acclaimed Finnish film awards.