'Father Jakob' leads Jussi Awards noms

Finland's choice for 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar

COLOGNE, Germany -- "Letters to Father Jakob," Klaus Haro's drama about a paroled convict who agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor, received nine nominations for the Jussi Awards, Finland's top film honor.

"Father Jakob," which is also Finland's candidate for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar, picked up noms in all the main categories, including best film and best direction.

Other strong contenders for the "Finnish Oscar" include Jorn Donner's war drama "The Interrogation" and "The Visitor," a minimalist feature from first time director J.P. Valkaepaa, both of which received six Jussi noms.

The Jussi Award winners will be announced in Helsinki Jan. 31.