'Father Jacob' leads Finland's Jussi Awards

'Hellsinki' takes audience award among others

COLOGNE, Germany -- Klaus Haero's "Letters to Father Jacob," a drama about a recently released convict who reluctantly agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor, won big at Finland's national film honors, the Jussi Awards, taking best film, best director and the best actor statuette for star Heikki Nousiainen.

"Father Jacob," produced by Risto Salomaa and Lasse Saarinen for Kinotar, also won a Jussi for best musical score.

The other big winner at the Jussis was Aleksi Maekelae's thriller "Hellsinki," which also grabbed four trophies, including the audience award, best costume and set design and best supporting actor for Peter Franzen.