The Finnish Oscar Committee has announced that Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö nuori sydän), directed by Selma Vilhunen (Little Wing), will be its submission for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
When carefree teenagers Lenni (Jere Ristseppä) and his girlfriend Kiira (Rosa Honkonen) find themselves expecting a child, he ends up looking for a role model in all the wrong places as he becomes involved with local right-wing activists.
The jury described the film as a humane and unusual love story of two East Helsinki natives with strong but sensitive performances from its young lead actors. In particular, they note that Jere Ristseppä handles the weight of the role with rich nuance.
Stupid Young Heart premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, going on to take the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generations sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival, and also won Best Screenplay at the Finnish Jussi Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the final five nominations for Best International Feature Film on 13th January, with the Oscar to be presented during a gala ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 9th February 2020.