Good News from Wed, 11 November, 2009:

Heartbeats and Letters to Father Jacob win at Nordic Film Days in Lübeck

Letters to Father Jacob –film’s leading roles are carried movingly by Kaarina Hazard and Heikki Nousiainen. Letters to Father Jacob –film’s leading roles are carried movingly by Kaarina Hazard and Heikki Nousiainen.

Heartbeats (Kohtaamisia) directed by Saara Cantell and Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) by Klaus Härö received awards at the international Nordische Filmtage - Nordic Film Days 2009 -film festival in Lübeck, Germany. Heartbeats was chosen as the Best Feature Film in the Baltic Films -category, while Letters to Father Jacob won both the Interfilm Church Prize and the Audience Award.

Heartbeats has also been invited to the International Films -category of Tallinn's Black Night Film Festival. The film has been produced by Essi Haukkamaa and Outi Rousu, from Pystymetsä Oy. Heartbeats had its world premiere in Lübeck. It will be released in Finland on March 5th 2010. The previous award-winning Finnish film in the Baltic Film-category was Klaus Härö's Mother of Mine (Äideistä parhain), which won both the Baltic Film Prize and Audience Award in Lübeck in 2005.

Letters to Father Jacob has been directed and written by Klaus Härö. The film has been viewed by over 90 000 cinema-goers in Finland and is still running. It is Finland's official entry for Foreign Language Film Oscars.

The DVD version of Letters to Father Jacob came out on November 6th 2009 and it is the very first DVD on the market which features special audio description for visually-impaired viewers. The film has been produced by Lasse Saarinen and Rimbo Salomaa from Kinotar Oy.

The Nordic Film Days of Lübeck is a well-established film festival which was organized now for the 51st time.