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Filmmaker and producer Arto Halonen is this year’s recipient of the City of Helsinki Culture Prize 2010. Halonen is known internationally for his critically and commercially successful films (Shadow of the Holy Book and his latest film feature Princess) and for his work with DocPoint, the Helsinki International Documentary Festival. The Helsinki Culture Prize 2010 includes a money award of 10,000 EUR . Photo: City of Helsinki Cultural Office
The commission also noted Halonen’s latest film Princess, a story of Anna Lappalainen who was a patient at psychiatric hospitals for 50 years of her life. The film has remained at the top of the charts in Finland for weeks on end, even outdoing Wall Street II during its premier weekend.
Halonen’s documentary film Shadow of the Holy Book is one of the most widely distributed Finnish documentary films of all time. The film has been screened at nearly 100 international festivals around the world, and has gathered numerous awards, such as the Grand Prix at the International Human Rights Film Festival in Paris.
For his latest film — Princess, his first dramatic feature — Halonen was awarded the The Finnish Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Prize, and The Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health’s Civil Action Prize, which was given to a representative of the cultural industry for the first time in its history.
Vilhelmiina Vilhunen / Art Films production AFP Ltd,
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