September 13th, 2012
Ticket sales for the 25th anniversary year of HIFF began today, 13th of September at 10am. During the first hour of online sales both the festival website and the Finnkino website slowed down notably due to the huge amount of customers.
All the tickets for the festival opening film Beasts of the Southern Wild were quickly reserved. Some of the most popular films were also Swedish director Levan Akin’s CERTAIN PEOPLE, David Koepp’s PREMIUM RUSH starred by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Goro Miyazaki’s From Up on Poppy Hill, Love & Anarchy Gala Film KILLER JOE, Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS, French Touch Selection theme’s INTOUCHABLES and Whit Stilman’s indie-comedy DAMSELS IN DISTRESS. The Film & Dinner special screenings, launched this year in honour of the anniversary, also proved popular.
Most popular documentaries on the first day of ticket sales were Errol Morris’ TABLOID, Alison Klayman’s AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, Michael Glawogger’s WHORES’ GLORY and Werner Herzog’s INTO THE ABYSS.
As expected, the most popular films in the Asian Cuts theme were Takashi Miike’s ACE ATTORNEY and Tsui Hark’s epic 3D film FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE. Nikolaj Arcel’s A ROYAL AFFAIR starred by Mads Mikkelsen was the most popular Nordic film.
Rising film industry of Serbia – Maja Milos confirmed as HIFF guest
The Serbian films, CLIP and THE PARADE have raised the interest of HIFF audience with a number of tickets sold to the screenings of both films.
The director of the controversial CLIP, Maja Milos, arrives in Finland as a HIFF guest next week. Due to the occasion, CLIP will receive an extra screening at Andorra on Friday 21st of September at 2pm. Other screenings of the film will run as planned.
CLIP won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam film festival in February and has raised discussion everywhere where it has been screened during the spring and summer. CLIP is an effective, bold and even disgusting film about Jasna, a teenager who is only interested in sex, partying and in herself. The film plays on the aesthetics of ugliness and crashes through boundaries, adding to the list of interesting new Serbian films.
GIMME THE LOOT director Adam Leon had to cancel his visit to HIFF due to a busy work schedule and won’t be present at the screenings of the film.
Media Accreditation for HIFF closes tomorrow, Friday 14th of September. A press screening of Valérie Donzelli’s DECLARATION OF WAR takes place tomorrow (Maxim 1 at 12pm).
Publicist Henna Raatikainen / 044 268 7564 / firstname.lastname@example.org / hiff.fi/press