The first announced films in the HIFF line-up are the quirky Hungarian love story On Body and Soul won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale and the brave British reimagining of the classic story of Lady Macbeth has been lauded by the British media as smart, sexy and dour. The films will later be released in the Finnish cinemas by Cinemanse and Cinema Mondo.
Festival’s this years poster is designed by visual artist Samuli Heimonen.
HIFF’s 30th anniversary celebrations take a head start in August in form of a book and a film retrospective. Like Publishing releases a gripping book on the festival’s history written by journalists Kalle Kinnunen and Lauri Lehtinen. The book tells the story of the festival from its DIY roots to its present status as the biggest and most prestigious film festival in Finland. The book, titled 30 vuotta rakkautta ja anarkiaa, will be released on 16th of August.
– Reading the book, one can only wonder how the festival’s founding members are still alive, the HIFF executive director Anna Möttölä says.
HIFF’s significance to the Finnish film culture is celebrated also by a programme of festival classics in the National Audiovisual Institute’s cinema Orion. Starting on 16th of August with Gregg Araki’s 2004 film Mysterious Skin¸the programme will include Hard Boiled (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Virgin Suicides (1999), all having premiered in their respective years at the festival.
Starting 14th of September, HIFF celebrates also the rising profile of short films in Finland. The record number of short films in the programme includes director Teppo Airaksinen’s The Ceiling, which was recently awarded the Jury Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival.
The 30th HIFF takes over Helsinki’s cinemas on 14 – 24 September. Savoy Theatre will be the festival’s main theatre for the second year.