Jörn Donner

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Jörn Johan Donner (5 February 1933 – 30 January 2020) was a Finnish writer, movie director, actor, producer, and politician. He was the founder of Finnish Film Archive. Donner was born in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] Donner was best known as the producer of Ingmar Bergman's movie Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1982). In 1984 the movie won a total of four Academy Awards including the award for best foreign language film,[2] making him to date the only Finn to receive an Oscar.

His novel Far och son (Father and Son) won the Finlandia Prize in 1985.

Donner was a member of the SDP and RKP. He was a member of the Finnish parliament and the European Parliament.

Donner had prostate and lung cancers.[3] He died of lung disease on 30 January 2020 at a hospital in Helsinki, aged 86.[4][5]

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  1. "Berlinale 1979: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  2. "Fanny and Alexansder (1982)", IMDb page
  3. Jörn Donner: "Syöpäkontrollit piinaavat"
  4. "Kirjailija, ohjaaja Jörn Donner on kuollut" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  5. "Author, director and politician Jörn Donner dies at 86". Yleisradio. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.

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