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The co-operation between Finland’s biggest film festival and the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle brings HIFF films to television and Yle’s content on widescreen at the festival. The big names of the co-operation are Bruno Dumont, Alex Gibney and Alex Ross Perry who visits the festival on 21–24 September. The festival will also show Yle’s new documentary on development aid FOR KIBERA!

HIFF and Yle Teema are proud to introduce the work of American indie film director Alex Ross Perry to Finnish audiences. Perry’s comedic dramas dwell in the urban existential agony of young individuals unable to cope with relationships. Yle Teema’s Kino Wednesday shows Perry’s first and second films THE COLOR WHEEL (2011) and LISTEN UP PHILIP (2014) during the two festival weeks. Listen Up Philip will be shown at HIFF as well as Perry’s newest film QUEEN OF EARTH. Perry will also hold a masterclass discussion with film journalist Kalle Kinnunen about the new rise of American indie cinema. The masterclass will be held on 23 September in Andorra cinema at 18.30.

Bruno Dumont’s LI’L QUINQUIN will be shown by both HIFF and Yle Teema during the festival. The French four-part miniseries tells a slanted story of a sleepy small village shaken by a serial killer. The series was chosen the best film of 2014 by Cahiers du Cinéma. Yle Teema will show Li’l Quinquin on 21–24 September.

The audience favourite TV series Docventures will again show one of the HIFF’s documentaries. Docventures’ documentary of the week on 7 October is Alex Gibney’s GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF which takes a look behind the scenes of the organized religion.

New Yle productions will also be shown at the festival. FOR KIBERA! is a highly topical documentary film that delves into the functioning of development aid in Kenyan slum of Kibera in the outskirts of Nairobi. Film’s main character, Kiberan radio dj Abdullah “Boy Dallas” Musa will visit HIFF on 15–20 September. For Kibera! is directed by Kati Juurus and it will be televised on 2 November.

Another Yle documentary film shown at HIFF is Ville Suhonen’s SEAMSTRESS that tells the story of the last executed woman in Finnish history Martta Koskinen who was sentenced to death for political reasons. Seamstress will be shown in television on 7 December.

Interview requests and further information:

Publicist Janne Sundqvist / +358-50-5464396 / janne@hiff.fi / hiff.fi

HIFF Yle co-operation 2015