Hyytia last produced Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s satirical comedy ”21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage,” a local B.O. hit. Halinen last helmed daring psychological drama “Open Up to Me.”
The week-long festival screened 24 local films, including Toronto-preming “Heart of a Lion,” by Dome Karukoski and Finland’s Oscar entry, “The Disciple” by Ulrika Bengts. The event attracted 4000 festgoers, over 40% up on last year.
The Finnish Film Week also named Jenni Toivoniemi screenwriter of the year for her script of “The Date,” and Laura Birn and Liisi Tandefelt for their performance in “Purge.”
The Helsinki fest also hosted the second edition of The Finnish Film Affair, a professional showcase of Finnish titles, comprising completed films, as wellas