Juho Kuosmanen

Juho Kuosmanen


I don't have strong directions for the actors. By giving up a bit of control, you get nice details and surprises and it brings the scene alive... Casting is for me the core of the director's work.    


Juho Kuosmanen (1979) is Helsinki based filmmaker from Kokkola. After graduating from ELO Helsinki Film School he has directed films, theatre and opera. Juho has directed short films such as ROADMARKERS (3rd prize in Cannes Cinéfondation 2007) and CITIZENS (Silver Leopard in Locarno 2008).

His graduation film THE PAINTING SELLERS won the 1st prize in Cannes Cinéfondation 2010 and was nominated for five Finnish Film Academy Awards, including Best Directing and Best Film of the year. His first feature, THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes IFF.

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