"I want to make films that make the audience smile for a week", says Dome Karukoski (born 29 December 1976 in Nicosia, Cyprus).
Dome Karukoski in action.
Dome Karukoski moved to Finland from Cyprus, when he was four years old. His mother is a Finish journalist and his father an American actor George Dickerson.
He is bilingual with Swedish and Finnish.
He was selected to the University of Art and Design of Helsinki in 1999. That year, three students were selected to become students majoring in directing.Tyttö, sinä olet tähti
(Beauty and the Bastard, 2005
) was Karukoski's graduation film. The dramatic comedy became a hit both critically and at the box office.
The film was nominated in eight categories for the Finnish National Film Awards, including best director and best film and it won the audience award. The movie was in the official selection of the Berlinale (14+ section) and Tribeca film festival. It also won the Norwegian Amanda-award (given in co-production with Canal+ & Svensk Filmindustri) for best Nordic Debut-film 2005.The Home of Dark Butteflies
is his second festure.
Karukoski's is 3rd film Forbidden Fruit (2009) is a coming of age story about two religious girls.
Between his feature-films Karukoski has directed 2 Mini-series for TV.
Brothers”(MTV3 Finland, January 2008) a story about a family with an child suffering from ADHD and Protectors (Channel Four Finland, March-May 2008) a series following the life of night guards.
Karukoski has several national championships as a coach and a player in American football and Floorball. Because of that, has an odd trademark of arriving to premiere's and galas: "straight from practice". Has said in interviews, that he never misses practice.
Look at Karukoski's commercial spots here!
Dome Karukoski and 7years old Juhani (Samu Uutela).