Finnish Director Wins Big in Rotterdam

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Salla Tykkä has become the first Finnish director to win the Tiger Award for Short Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Her film, Giant, was filmed at the famous Romanian Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and dreams. The combination with archival material reveals links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres.

 

Read more about the director and the official statement from the jury at the Finnish Film Foundation

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