Culture - Monday 1.7.2002
Ville Haapasalo wins Best Actor at Moscow International Film Festival
Finnish actor Ville Haapasalo took the Best Actor award on Sunday at the Moscow International Film Festival, for his role in the Russian-made picture Kukushka (The Cuckoo). The movie also earned director Alexander Rogoshkin the Best Director prize.
The film is a wartime comedy set in Lapland in September 1944, a few days before Finland ended its involvement in the Second
Haapasalo, who studied at film school in St. Petersburg, is in something of a strange position, since he is a major star in
Russia, but largely unknown at home. His career to the east got a huge lift in 1995 with his involvement in a colossal Russian
comedy hit called Peculiarities of the National Hunt, another Rogoshkin production. It has been seen on nationwide TV channels half a dozen times, and the video version was Russia's
biggest-selling video title at that time.
The 24th Moscow International Film Festival was held from 21.-30.6, and attracted a number of Hollywood stars, including Jacqueline Bisset and Harvey Keitel. Keitel received a special lifetime award for achievements in acting and for loyalty to the Konstantin Stanislavsky system.
- 24th Moscow International Film Festival
- Ville Haapasalo on the Internet Movie Database
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