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Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy will return in September with unequalled cinematic power. The first peeks at the 35th edition of the festival promise a celebration of movies picked straight from the world’s top festivals.

HIFF will hold the Finnish premiere of Golden Bear winner ALCARRÀS. Director Carla Simón’s vibrant and colourful movie tells the story of a Catalonian family who faces eviction from their farm.

The young and energetic new wave of Finnish film is celebrated by two premieres. Straight from Gothenburg film festival’s competition comes Aino Suni’s debut fiction feature, visually breathtaking HEARTBEAST (Sydänpeto).

This year’s HIFF Finnish Gala film is Mikko Myllylahti’s THE WOODCUTTER STORY, which won the Gan Foundation Award at the Critics’ Week at Cannes.

Among the international highlights of the coming autumn festival is Oliver Stone’s return to one of the most intriguing crime scenes in history in his documentary film JFK REVISITED.

The other highlights revealed now are Austrian enfant terrible Ulrich Seidl’s RIMINI and Icelandic helmer Valdimar Jóhansson’s festival hit LAMB. The latter stars Noomi Rapace as a farmer who becomes mother when one of her sheep gives birth to a human-sheep hybrid baby.

This year’s HIFF shows support to Ukraine by dedicating part of its programme to new films made in Ukraine. One of the highlights of the series will be the heartbreaking documentary film A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS which won both at Sundance and in Gothenburg film festival.

The Ukraine series will also include Maryna Er Gorbach’s haunting drama KLONDIKE.

The complete programme of the 35th HIFF will be revealed in September. More sneak peeks to the programme will be revealed during the summer.

The 35th Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is held September 15–25 2022.