Magazine article Screen International

Finland's 'Little Wing' Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Finland's 'Little Wing' Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

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Selma Vilhunen’s feature debut about a 12-year-old girl wins the lucrative cash prize of $55,000.

The Nordic Council Film Prize 2017 has been awarded to Little Wing’s writer/director Selma Vilhunen and producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg.

The award comes with a lucrative cash prize of $55,000 (DKK 350,000).

The Finnish drama had its world premiere at Toronto 2016. It tells the story of a 12-year old girl with an immature mother who goes on a journey to meet her father for the first time.

The jury said, “In Little Wing, Selma Vilhunen manages to capture big and fundamental emotions using very small gestures, and proves that she has a sensibility as a director and screenwriter beyond the ordinary. She cleverly plays with how girls and young women are often treated on film, and every time the audience senses and expects a threat to the main character Varpu, Vilhunen lets her - both literally and figuratively - steer away from the clichés. …

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