October 24, 2016

Finnish films on an international winning streak

Little Wing tells the story of a 12-year-old girl (Linnea Skog), who lives alone with her mom and has never met her father.
Little Wing tells the story of a 12-year-old girl (Linnea Skog), who lives alone with her mom and has never met her father.
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Selma Vihunen’s Little Wing and Juha Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki have convinced juries in Italy and the USA respectively.

Little Wing was awarded the Taodue Golden Camera prize at the Alice nella città, which is an independent and parallel sidebar of the Festa del Cinema di Roma, dedicated to young generations and families.

The director Selma Vihunen and producer Kai Nordberg received the award in Rome.

Little Wing director Selma Vihunen and producer Kai Nordberg received the award in Rome.

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According to the jury, Little Wing has “exceptional skill to convey a story of an emotional story and a learning curve in which the roles of parents and children have turned upside down, and the ability to move the viewer along the parallel paths signposted by life and art”.

Meanwhile, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki has also been stocking up on awards – once again. The film won the Gold Hugo in the New Directors Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival. The category recognises emerging talents among filmmakers presenting their first or second feature films.

The jury complimented the movie for its “astonishing confidence of vision and execution”.

“Told with gorgeous black & white cinematography, pure emotion and a sense of humour, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki offers nuanced and naturalistic performances and originality with its many potent choices. It is a fresh film for all of the senses,” the statement reads.

The Chicago festival is the fifth festival that Olli Mäki leaves with an award in hand. Previously the film has received praise at Cannes, Zurich, Macedonia and France.

Both movies were also selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

 

 

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