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This year’s festival program will include Cannes hits, the best of contemporary French cinema and quality films from all corners of the world. Here’s a sample of what is to come:

Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet‘s new documentary feature Ice and the Sky tells the story of glaciologist Claude Lorius who predicted the climate change and it’s repercussions over 30 years ago. The screening will be preceded by a seminar arranged by the Ministry of Environment.

Among the titles coming straight from Cannes competition we will show Chronic by Mexican director Michel Franco. The film stars Tim Roth as a home care nurse working with terminally ill patients.

French helmer Bruno Dumont’s tv series Li’l Quinquin was surprisingly nominated as the best film of 2014 by the French cineaste magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. Dumont’s 200 minute long small-town crime comedy is a part of the festival’s collaboration with Yle Teema. The tv channel will broadcast the series in four parts.

Balkanize!-section will again this year showcase the strength of the Balkan region’s contemporary cinema. One of the films to be shown in the section is Serbian director Vuk Rsumovic’s stark No One’s Child about a boy who grows up in the forest with animals in the 80’s and ends up in the middle of the Yugoslav Wars.

Festival will also screen Jauja by Argentinian helmer Lisandro Alonso starring Viggo Mortensen. The film was shot by the Finnish cinematographer Timo Salminen who was recently rewarded for his lifework at the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä.

HIFF 2015 will be held on 17. – 27. 9.