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'The Woodcutter Story' wins Critics' Week Next Step Prize

Critics’ Week launched The Next Step initiative in 2014 to help directors of shorts that premiere in its selection to progress to their first feature.

Finnish director Mikko Myllylahti, who co-wrote Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, has won the inaugural €5,000 Critics’ Week Step Prize, for his debut feature project The Woodcutter Story.

Produced by Aamu Film Company, the black comedy will explore the power of hope against obscurantism through the tale of a village blighted by the opening of a mine.

Critics’ Week launched The Next Step initiative in 2014 to help directors of

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