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Ticket sales for the 25th anniversary year of HIFF began today, 13th of September at 10am. During the first hour of online sales both the festival website and the Finnkino website slowed down notably due to the huge amount of customers.

All the tickets for the festival opening film Beasts of the Southern Wild were quickly reserved. Some of the most popular films were also Swedish director Levan Akin’s Certain People, David Koepp’s Premium Rush, starred by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Goro Miyazaki’s From Up on Poppy Hill, Love & Anarchy Gala Film Killer Joe, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, French Touch Selection theme’s Intouchables, Whit Stilman’s indie-comedy Damsels in Distress and The Marshal of Finland, produced by the National Broadcasting Company Yle. The Film & Dinner special screenings, launched this year in honour of the anniversary, also proved popular.

Most popular documentaries on the first day of ticket sales were Errol Morris’ Tabloid, Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Michael Glawogger’s Whores’ Glory and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss.

As expected, the most popular films in the Asian Cuts theme were Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney and Tsui Hark’s epic 3D film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, starred by Mads Mikkelsen was the most popular Nordic film.

Photo by Pirita Särmä