Today the 26th Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy starts. We promise 11 days full of film euphoria with the largest programme in the festival’s history, almost 350 films.
The festival starts today with the sold-out Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2. The film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d’Or at the film festival in Cannes and has charmed film critics and audiences alike all over the world. The night continues at the opening club where Super Janne will play.
The festival receives a fine bunch of international guests, among others Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Tom Berninger (Mistaken for Strangers), Claudio Giovannesi (Alì Blue Eyes), Nejc Gazvoda (Dual) and Havana Marking (Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers). 25 international guests are confirmed. Today actress Clara Segura from the Spanish film A Gun in Each Hand confirmed her presence at the festival.
Unclaimed tickets for sold-out screenings released back to sales
Unclaimed tickets of screenings that were reserved to the last place have been released. Among the screenings are Samsara, Sept 23, Bio Rex at 6.30pm, The Grandmaster Tue Sept 24, Bio Rex at 9 pm and Frances Ha Sun Sept 29 at Bio Rex at 6.30 pm.
A festival full of events
Love & Anarchy is not all about films, the festival also hosts a lots of diverse events. Friday 20th the Estonian band Sibyl Vane enters Dubrovnik’s stage. Before the gig, works of Baltic Media and Film School students are shown at Dubrovnik. On Saturday Sept 21, Club Balkan Fever invites you to dance, and on Sunday Sept 22, the club is being taken over by the sensual and burlesque-filled New York, New York club.
HIFF and Amnesty International organize an Amnesty Day at Andorra 28th September. Before the screenings representatives of Amnesty give a short talk about the backgrounds of each film. Amnesty volunteers inform the audience of the organisation’s work and there’s a possibility to sign petitions. All screenings are held at Andorra, Eerikinkatu 11.
After the screening of Samsara at Bio Rex at 6.30 pm there is a panel debate about renewable energy and the climate crisis. Panelists include politicians, experts from the WWF, Jouni Keronen from Fortum and film director John Webster.