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September 29, 2013

HIFF ends this Sunday September 29th. The exceptionally wide programme included 180 full-length and over 160 short films from more than 50 countries. During the 11 days there were 470 screenings, and together with the additional events the festival attracted 58 000 visitors. The Finnish Film Week and the industry event The Finnish Film Affair attracted a record number of international filmmakers.

The festival’s most popular films included sold out LA VIE D’ADÈLE: CHAPITRES 1 et 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche (the opening film), and the HIFF gala film, Wong Kar-wai’s THE GRANDMASTER. An obvious audience favourite was Joshua Oppenheimer’s acclaimed documentary THE ACT OF KILLING – DIRECTOR’S CUT, which had two extra screenings in addition to the three screenings originally set in the festival programme. The festival culminates today with the sold-out ending film FRANCES HA, directed by Noah Baumbach. After the screening the evening continues with the closing club held in Dubrovnik.

Winner of the HIFF Audience competition is Pablo Larraín’s No
The winner of the audience competition which HIFF co-organized with the National Audiovisual Archive is Pablo Larraín’s film NO. In the Chilean film, Gael Garcia Bernal plays an ad man who plans a TV campaign to end the Pinochet dictatorship. No will be seen in Orion in November as the film of the month. The screening dates are Tues 5 November / Sun 17 November/ Wed 20 November/ Fri 29 November and the ticket sale starts on September 30 at 12. Five films competed for the HIFF audience prize; CIRCLES, TANGO LIBRE<, IN BLOOM and WHEN I SAW YOU in addition to the winner No.

The Finnish Film Week almost doubled its number of visitors
The strong year in Finnish film was also reflected in the HIFF programme. The Finnish Film Week turned out to be a success, including screenings of domestic premieres and Finnish films released this year. The screenings attracted almost twice as many visitors as last year, altogether over 4000 viewers. The most popular films of The Finnish Film Week were the Finnish gala film HEART OF A LION by Dome Karukoski and Pirjo Honkasalo’s CONCRETE NIGHT, screened in the Spotlight selection.

HIFF’s industry event attracted foreign film professionals
This year’s HIFF became more international than ever before. The Finnish Film Affair, organized for film industry professionals for the second time, attracted about 240 domestic professionals, and around 60 foreign guests.

Recently completed as well as unfinished Finnish films were presented at the event. The guests included international sales companies, TV stations and distribution companies, as well as representatives from Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rotterdam, Locarno, and St. Petersburg Film Festivals. Foreign professional publications such as Screen International, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were reporting from the event.

According to both foreign and domestic responses the event was highly successful and useful and the international guests appreciated the variety and quality of the films presented. Several negotiations on productions were started during the event, and sales results should be reported in the near future.

During 11 days, the festival received a sensational group of international guests. To see a full list of the guests, please visit https://hiff.fi/en/vieraat/2013/.

The HIFF Tour will bring the festival to several towns
Films screened at the festival can be seen across the country immediately after the festival at the HIFF tour. Tour cities and films:

Logomo/Kinokopla, Turku
The Strange Little Cat Sept 30

Kampus Kino, Jyväskylä
The Act of Killing – Director’s Cut Oct 1

Kino Kuvakukko, Kuopion Vilimit
The Strange Little Cat Oct 3
XL Oct 4
Elena Oct 5
Bekas Oct 5

Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Tampere
Betoniyö Oct 11
The Strange Little Cat Oct 11
The Act of Killing – Director’s Cut Oct 11
What Richard Did Oct 12
La vie d’Adèle: Chapitres 1 et 2, Oct 12
XL Oct 12

Hangon elokuvajuhlat (Hankoo Film Festival)
Bekas Nov 2
Elena Nov 2

Veikkaus gave away surprise tickets to festival goers
Just as last year, the festival partner Veikkaus gave away free tickets to HIFF audiences at the box office. With this, HIFF and Veikkaus wanted to surprise film enthusiasts and remind them that Veikkaus is helping making the festival happen.

The dates for the 27th Helsinki Film Festival – Love & Anarchy are September 18–28, 2014. 

Further information:

Publicist Kira Schroeder
+358- 50-3716483