Void and The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen soared at the Finnish national film awards

March 24, 2019

Void, directed by Aleksi Salmenperä, won four Jussi awards including best picture. Salmenperä and his editor Samu Heikkilä also received the new Nordisk Film Award, worth 20,000 euros, for their contribution to Finnish cinema.

Star Shaped Scar by Vuokko Kunttu and Virva Kunttu was named best short film, and Virpi Suutari’s Entrepreneur won best documentary.

The lifetime achievement award Betoni-Jussi was given to actor Hannele Lauri, known for her diverse roles in film and TV, especially in comedy.

The audience award went to My Brother’s Keeper by J-P Siili.

The Jussi Awards are given by Filmiaura since 1944.


Best picture
Void, producer Aleksi Salmenperä

Aleksi Salmenperä, Void

Female lead
Oona Airola, Land of Hope

Male lead
Hannu-Pekka Björkman, The Human Part

Female supporting role
Satu Tuuli Karhu, Happier Times, Grump

Male supporting role 
Paavo Kinnunen, Laugh or Die

Kirsikka Saari, Stupid Young Heart

Aarne Tapola, The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen

Sanna Salmenkallio, Entrepreneur

Sound design
Tuomas Klaavo, Void

Samu Heikkilä, Void

Set design
Antti Nikkinen, Land of Hope

Costume design
Susse Roos, The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen

Riikka Virtanen, The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen

Documentary film
Yrittäjä, director Virpi Suutari, production Oktober Oy, producers Joonas Berghäll and Satu Majava

Short film
Star Shaped Scar, director Virpi Kunttu and Vuokko Kunttu, production Franckforstén

Pictured: the team of Void, photo by Lauri Laukkanen photography