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Saami films receive multiple Jussi nominations

Je’vida and Máhccan are among the nominees for the Finnish Jussi Award.

Jussi Awards (Photo: Finnish Film Foundation).

Two Saami films, Je’vida and Máhccan, have received a total of eight nominations for the Finnish Jussi Award. The annual Jussi Awards are the Finnish industry prizes that have been awarded since 1944.

This year, 15 feature films and three short films compete in altogether 16 categories. Je’vida is nominated in seven categories: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design; Máhccan is a nominee for Best Documentary Film. Thus, Je’vida has the third most nominations after Mummola (11) and Sisu (9).

Je’vida is the first Skolt Saami-language feature film, directed by Katja Gauriloff and written by Katja Gauriloff and Niillas Holmberg. The film tells the story of Iida, a Skolt Saami woman who abandoned her ethnic identity under the pressure of assimilation.

Máhccan (Homecoming) is directed by Anssi Kömi and Suvi West, and written by Suvi West. The documentary film is about the Saami people’s fight to regain their ancestral heritage.