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Get ready! The 30th HIFF – Love & Anarchy has announced this year’s filmmaker guests. The whole festival programme can be found online September 1st.

HIFF is honoured to welcome Thierry Frémaux, the director of Institut Lumière and the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival among the guests of this year’s anniversary festival. Frémaux will attend the festival to present his film LUMIÈRE! Compiled from early films by the Lumière brothers and spiced up with a witty voice-over by Frémaux, the film is a love letter to the pioneers of cinema.

American-Italian director Jonas Carpignano brings to Helsinki his new film A CIAMBRA, which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The film returns to Italian Calabria and the romani community of A Ciambra, which also played a part in the director’s acclaimed debut feature Mediterranea (HIFF 2015).

Third filmmaker who was present at this year’s Cannes Film Fest is German-Iranian Ali Soozandeh. He comes to the festival with his debut feature TEHRAN TABOO, which uses animation to tell stories of Iranian youth struggling with the sexual taboos of strict Iranian society.

Kamome Diner (2006) was an audience favourite in both Japan and Finland. Its director Naoko Ogigami returns to Helsinki with her new film CLOSE-KNIT. It is a warm story about family, tolerance and knitting.

The young main actress of SAMI BLOOD, Lene Cecilia Sparrok, attends the HIFF. The film’s director Amanda Kernell has unfortunately had to cancel her attendance .

The complete list of guests and more information about them can be found online in the early days of September.

Sneak peaks from Ai Weiwei to AIDS activists

As always, HIFF offers sneak peaks of the best films before their theatrical run. Arriving directly from the competition at the Venice Film Festival, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s HUMAN FLOW is a heart-rending depiction of the global refugee crisis.

Another Venetian treat is THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, 2008). It is a bittersweet drama of an individual fighting the local police.

Many of this year’s most talked about films address differences and divergences. THE BIG SICK is a cheerful comedy about love conquering cultural obstacles. The film is based on the true story of Pakistani-American stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjian (Silicon Valley).

The winner of the prestigious Grand Prix award at Cannes, BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) portrays AIDS activists’ battle against negligence in 1990s France.

Remember: only two weeks until Helsinki is taken over by love and anarchy!