Crystal Bear film award for Finnish director

The movie picked up a coveted Berlin Film Festival award in the category for films aimed at young people.

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Director Selma Vilhunen (Centre) at the Berlin Film Festival / Credit: Tuffi Films Instagram

Finnish director Selma Vilhunen has won a Crystal Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival for her film ‘Stupid Young Heart’ (Nuori Hölmö Sydän).

The film was awarded the prize in the category for films aimed at young people, and is about first love between two young people Kiira (actor Rosa Honkanen) and Lenni (actor Jere Ristseppä).

Lenni befriends a neighbour, and gets mixed up in right wing gang culture in his increasingly multi-cultural neighbourhood as his relationship with Rosa falters.

Other central roles are played by Pihla Viitala, Katja Küttner, Ville Haapasalo and Abshir Sheikh Nur.

The film premiered in Toronto International Film festival in September 2018.

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The latest award is not the first time Vilhunen has been in the spotlight. She was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short Film category for her film ‘Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything‘ (Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa), as well as other awards in Finland.

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