On the occasion of the award ceremony of the "48th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film", Finnish director Erkko Lyytinen received the "Talent-Taube" ("Talent Dove"), a prize awarded by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation, for his film "Kainuun Tähti" ("The North Star").
The film is set in a small town in Finland called Vuolijoki...The problem: a catastrophe like the one that happens everywhere every day. A factory that produces train carriages is to be shut down because it no longer pays off for the Italian parent company. The closure would not only affect the jobs, almost 50 % of Vuolijoki's population depends indirectly on the company...It is a race against time...The workers from the company try everything to save what can still be saved. They offer compromises, accept dismissals, renegotiate...They present their concerns to the government. But how much room for manoeuvre do the public officials still have at all, how cramped are they in the directives of the EU?
The International Documentary Jury's statement states: "For his fresh, authentic voice, which powerfully tells a very local story that deals with one of the most important problems of our time, the influence of the global economy on all of us, Erkko Lyytinen unanimously receives the talent dove for "The North Star".