Purge (2012 film)

Purge (Finnish: Puhdistus) is a 2012 Finnish drama film directed by Antti Jokinen, based on the novel of the same name by Sofi Oksanen. The film was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make it to the final shortlist.[1] At the 2013 Jussi Award, the film received eight nominations, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Costume Design. It won Best Actress for Birn, Best Supporting Actress for Liisi Tandefelt, along with Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design and Best Make-Up Design. Birn was also nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Actress.

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Directed byAntti Jokinen
Written byMarko Leino
Antti Jokinen
Produced byMarkus Selin
StarringLaura Birn
CinematographyRauno Ronkainen
Edited byKimmo Taavila
Music byTuomas Kantelinen
Release date
  • 7 September 2012 (2012-09-07)
Running time
125 minutes



The exhausted Zara (Amanda Pilke) escapes Russian human traffickers that smuggled her from Russia to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, under the pretext of working at a hotel. There, beaten and raped, she provides sexual services to gangster clients. After escaping, she goes to the home of an older woman, Aliide (Lisia Tandefelt), where she finds shelter. Two seemingly different women combine not only similar painful experiences, but also blood ties. The girl's experiences mean that the old woman must re-evaluate her life, full of suffering, sacrifice and unrequited love.

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  1. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (19 September 2012). "Finland picks 'Purge' for Oscar contest". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 19 September 2012.

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