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(born in Helsinki 1964)

director / screenwriter / author

Ville Suhonen has worked as a freelance film director as well as film and culture critic since 1985. Has directed over 30 films: documentaries, nature films, short fictions, dance- and music videos (e.g. by Värttinä and Angelin tytöt). Has also written and co-directed box office hits, feature adventure ”Tommy and the Wildcat” and nature documentary ”Tale of a Forest”. His films have been sold to over 100 countries and visited to over 100 festivals. He has also written three novels and a nature book based on the ”Tale of a Forest”.

Awards

  • Grand Prix and Best Direction: World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai China 2014: ”Tale of a Forest”
  • Prize of the Environment 2013, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation: ”Tale of a Forest”
  • The State Quality Award 2013: ”Tale of a Forest”
  • The State Quality Award 2012: ”Frozen Hell – Prisoners of War in Finland 1941-42”
  • Best Documentary Film in Northern Character Festival in Murmansk 2012: ”Frozen Hell – Prisoners of War in Finland 1941-42”
  • Prix de la Connaissance et de la Protection de la Faune Europeénne, Fest.Int.du Film Animalier, Albert 2005: ”Song of the Whooper Swan”
  • Children’s Culture State Award 1999: ”Tommy and the Wildcat”
  • Best Children’s Film, Wildlife Europe Festival 1999: ”Tommy and the Wildcat
  • The State Quality Award 1999: ”Tommy and the Wildcat”
  • Jussi Award Nomination Best Script 1998: ”Tommy and the Wildcat”
  • Golden Gate Award San Francisco International Film Festival 1997: ”Moments in Time”
  • The Ministry of Culture Award Ekotop Film Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia 1996: ”Moments in Time”.
  • The State Quality Award 1996: ”Moments in Time”
  • Bronze Medal Documentary Category in Media & Message Festival, Finland 1996: ”Moments in Time”
  • Main Prize National Competition in Tampere Film Festival 1996: ”Moments in Time”
  • Bronze Medal National Music Video Competition 1993: ”The Mingy Maid”.
  • Special Mention International Video Dance Festival ini Cannes 1992: ”Black + White”
  • The Finnish Short Film Honorary Award 1990: ”Colony of Survivors”.

Filmography

  • Seamstress (2015) documentary 93′
  • Tale of a Forest (2012; co-dir, sc.) documentary 75′
  • Frozen Hell – Prisoners of War in Finland 1941-42 (2011) documentary 85′
  • Four Journeys on the River (2007; co-dir, sc.) documentary 75′
  • Song of the Whooper Swan (2004; co-dir, sc.) documentary 50′
  • A Journey with the cranes (2002; co-dir, co-sc.) documentary 55′
  • Paradise in the City (2000;co-dir, co-sc.) documentary 55′
  • Tommy and the Wildcat (1998;co-dir, co-sc.)family adventure 90′
  • A Spider Swindle (1997) children’s film 30′
  • The Holy Swan (1996; script) nature documentary 25′
  • Moments in Time (1996) art documentary 34′
  • From Speech to Song (1995) music documentary 60′
  • Arctica – the Mythical Migration (1995) nature documentary 24′
  • Io (1994) music video 5′
  • Marea (1993) music video 5′
  • Pihi neito – The Mingy Maid (1993) music video and -film 5′
  • Wild-Grown City (1993) environmental documentary 58′
  • Dolla (1992) music video 5′
  • Black & White (1992) dance video 12′
  • Student Life (1990) documentary 20′
  • Colony of Survivors (1990) environmental documentary 27′
  • Silent City (1989) dance video 15′
  • Helsinki. Architecture (1989) documentary 20′
  • Thinker (1989) dance video 6′
  • The Kumenius Case (1989) documentary 52′
  • The Last Waterfront (1988) documentary 16′
  • Flame of Functionalism (1988; ass.dir.) documentary 40′
  • Time of the City (1987) documentary 20′
  • Dream Mode (1986) short fiction 16′
  • Paris, Breakfast (1985) short fiction 20′

Bibliography

  • ”Tuulensieppaaja” (Wind Catcher, 2005) Novel
  • ”Tommy and the Wildcat – Return to the Wild” (2003) Sequel of the story
  • ”Tommy and the Wildcat” (1999) Novelization of the film
  • ”Tommy and the Wildcat – An Adventure in the Wilderness” (1999) Illustrated book for younger audience