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Laurent Cantet, who won the Palme d’Or in Cannes for his feature The Classroom, has been a guarantee of quality during many editions of HIFF. This year the director is back on HIFF’s programme with the film FOXFIRE, which is based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The film features a group of young girls who rebel against the conservative female ideals of a small American city in the 1950’s.

Alexander Payne’s (Sideways, The Descendants) new feature NEBRASKA is a story about a persistent belief in life-changing luck. Bruce Dern was awarded best male actor in Cannes for his role as booze-loving Woody, who forces his son to go with him on a road trip to Nebraska in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

The wonderfully surreal MOOD INDIGO (L’écume des jours) stars Romain Duris playing Colin, a man hungry for romance who falls in love with Chloé, played by Audrey Tautou. Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is known for his visually stunning filmmaking, turns the wondrous world of Boris Vian’s book into a fascinating film. Mood Indigo will be released in Finnish theatres on October 25th.

Jeff Nichol’s MUD features Matthew McConaughey as a man who is hiding from a group of hitmen by the gloomy waters of Mississippi.  Reese Witherspoon portrays the object of Mud’s dark desire. The film is distributed in Finland by Scanbox.

Michael Winterbottom’s new film THE LOOK OF LOVE depicts Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain’s richest man through his porn business. Winterbottom’s chilling The Killer Inside Me was showcased as HIFF’s Gala Selection in 2010.

New Finnish additions feature men in emotional turmoil

WERTHER  by Jarmo Lampela is one of the new Finnish additions to the program. Werther is an adaptation of the play The New Sufferings of Young W. Lampela’s adaptation depicts a man who finds out that his son, whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years, is dead and tries to find out what kind of a man he had become before his death.

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THE DRIVER (Ajomies) is the new feature by Jarkko T. Laine and JP Passi (co-director of The Punk Syndrome, a documentary about a Finnish punk rock band whose members are are all learning disabled).  The Driver depicts a track manager who works with the massive forces of heavy machinery and unpredictable animals, keeping all of them under control. One summer, however, he is faced with even greater forces – namely the emotions between him and the people close to him.

(Press the button on the header picture to see images from Foxfire, Nebraska, Mood Indigo, Werther and The Look of Love)