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The 31st Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy presents the Finnish premieres of the Palme d’Or winner SHOPLIFTERS, the Un Certain Regard winner BORDER and the Sundance winner THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. The festival takes place on 20 – 30 September.

Two Cannes winners will have their Finnish premieres at the 31st HIFF. Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner SHOPLIFTERS (Manbiki kazoku) is a warm, heart-wrenching story of a family that deals with rules in an unconventional way.

Danish helmer Ali Abbasi’s Un Certain Regard winner BORDER (Gräns) is a Swedish fantasy drama about gangly customs officer Tina (Eva Melander) who can smell people’s emotions. Secrets are revealed when she meets a stranger (Finnish thespian Eero Milonoff) with similar abilities.

HIFF will also present the Finnish premiere of Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance winner THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST in which the teenager Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is forced into a gay conversion center in the early 1990s.

– Diversity is at the heart of HIFF. This year again we proudly celebrate bold women and marginalized voices, filmmakers and people making waves and taking a stand, says the HIFF executive director Anna Möttölä.

Finnish films of the 31st HIFF includes Anna Eriksson’s debut feature M, which is an arthouse take on the life and person of Marilyn Monroe.

Inka Achte’s documentary feature BOYS WHO LIKE GIRLS shows how Indian youth are educated out of violent behavioral models.

Another documentary, Iina Terho’s FULL OF LOVE, brings us inside the Finnish new burlesque scene and its emancipating power.

The 31st Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy takes place on 20 – 30 September with recently renovated Bio Rex and Maxim returning among festival cinemas.

More information will be revealed in August.