PURGE is Finland’s official entry for the Academy Award®

Antti J. Jokinen’s PURGE has been chosen as the official entry of Finland for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film.

Based on the multiple-award-winning novel by Sofi Oksanen, PURGE is produced by Jukka Helle and Markus Selin from Solar Films Inc. Oy.

The jury, consisting of the Finnish Film Foundation and professionals of film-making, justifies the selection by describing the narrative of PURGE exceptionally fine: “The movie grabs the audience and the powerful story includes very strong female characters. The acting is also exceptional. PURGE dares to speak for itself and all the key ingredients and production values of film-making are professionally executed.”

Distributed by Nordisk Film Distibution Oy, PURGE premiered on 7. September with roaring reviews to follow – to date it has reached an admission of more than 100.000. International premiere of PURGE will be in Busan International Film Festival’s World Cinema Section (Oct. 4-13)

PURGE is written by Marko Leino and Antti J. Jokinen. The other key crew consists of DoP Rauno Ronkainen, composer Tuomas Kantelinen, wardrobe designer Anna Vilppunen, production designers Tiina Paavilainen and Katrin Sipelgas, editor Kimmo Taavila and sound designer Kirka Sainio. Key cast includes Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke, Peter Franzén, Krista Kosonen, Tommi Korpela, Kristjan Sarv and Tomi Salmela.

The final nominees for Oscars will be announced on 10th of January 2013 and the Oscar gala will be held on 24th of February for the 85th time.


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