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What better way could there be to take advantage of the darkening early autumn nights than by sitting down on the grass to watch a movie as the sun sets?

Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy kicks off this year’s festival in advance by arranging a movie picnic at the Citizens’ Square in Helsinki (the grass field close to Helsinki Music Centre by Mannerheimintie).  The picnic takes place on Monday, August 19, at 9.45 PM and the film shown is Baz Luhrmann’s splashing musical feature film MOULIN ROUGE.

By showing Moulin Rouge, Love & Anarchy wants to remember the year 2001, when Moulin Rouge was the opening film at the festival and Luhrmann visited HIFF to present his movie to the Finnish audience. His grand idea was to update the musical genre to the 21st century, a new millennia. The story takes place in 1899, but the images and the music are full of impressions from different cultural expressions of the 20th century, from Eric Satie and impressionism to Madonna and Bollywood. The film is in English, with Finnish and Swedish subtitles.

The film picnic is arranged in cooperation with Helsinki Festival (Helsingin Juhlaviikot).

The other screenings in the series of Movie Picnic are hosted by Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, The National Audiovisual Archive and The Docventures series, which will be aired on The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE this fall.




The Movie Picnic program:

Sat 17.8. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Espoo Ciné International Film Festival)
Su 18.8. Helsinki, ikuisesti (The National Audiovisual Archive)
Mo 19.8. Moulin Rouge (HIFF)
Tue 20.8. Baraka (Docventures:)

All the films start at 9.45 PM and the venue is The Citizens’ Square (the grass field close to the Music Centre in central Helsinki). Grab your rug and your basket and come enjoy the dark August nights and the magic of moving pictures!