Sunday, 2 March 2014

Two Finnish hopefuls at the Oscars

The 2014 Osacr winners will be revealed tonight and this year there are couple of  (nearly) Finnish entries.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa?) by Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari is up for best short film. This is the first Oscar nomination for these two Finnish film makers for a story which centres around Sini, who tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.

Director Selma Vilhunen and screenwriter Kirsikka Saari.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

The second Finnsh connection to the Oscars this year is Heather Puuruen Loeffler, who is up for set decoration on American Hustle directed by David Russell (which is also up for Best Film). Heather is not actually from Finland, but is married to Finnish architect Eero Puurunen. This doesn't seemed to have stopped the Finnish press from adopting Heather as their own.

'I ordered the shag pile carpet from an online store, and potted large plants were very popular in the 1970's. We even had one at home. The hippo stool is my favourite,' says Heather Puurunen in today's Helsingin Sanomat.

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