Markku Pölönen

Markku Tapani Pölönen (born 16 September 1957 in Eno)[1] is a Finnish film director, screenwriter, editor and owner of film production company Suomen Filmiteollisuus. Pölönen's best known work is the 2004 film Dog Nail Clipper — directed and written by Pölönen — which was honoured with five awards at the 2005 Jussi Awards (Finland's premier film awards) including Best Direction and Best Script[2] and which film critic Jay Weissberg from Variety called Pölönen's "most mature work to date".[3] Pölönen has been awarded numerous additional Jussi awards, including best picture and best screenplay for Onnen Maa (1994); best picture and best director for Kivenpyörittäjän kylä (1995); and best picture, best director, and best screenplay for A Summer by the River (1999), plus many more Jussi awards for actors in Pölönen's films. Pölönen has further been nominated for at least two other Jussis that he did not win.

Markku Pölönen
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Markku Pölönen in July 2012.
Born (1957-09-16) 16 September 1957 (age 64)
Occupationdirector, screenwriter, editor, film production company owner

Personal lifeEdit

In Mervi Juusola's book "Levottomat aivot" (Restless Brains), Pölönen told that he has mild Asperger syndrome.[4]

Select filmographyEdit

Year Film Credit
1993 Onnen Maa (Land of Happiness) Director, writer
1995 Kivenpyörittäjän kylä Director, writer
1998 A Summer by the River Director, writer
2000 Badding Director, writer
2001 On the Road to Emmaus Director, writer
2004 Dog Nail Clipper Director, screenwriter
2007 The Matriarch Director, writer, editor
2009 Rally On! Director, writer, editor


  1. ^ "(ei hakusanaa) | Hakutulokset | Elonet".
  2. ^ Dog Nail Clipper (Koirankynnen leikkaaja) Archived 2008-03-15 at the Wayback Machine, Finnish Film Foundation. Accessed July 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Weissberg, Jay. Dog Nail Clipper, Variety, February 15, 2005. Accessed July 21, 2009.
  4. ^ "Markku Pölönen ei muista edes autonsa rekisterinumeroa". 23 October 2012.

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