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Three-time Cannes winner and one of the most fascinating French directors are attending the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy in Helsinki in September.

Cristian Mungiu will be visiting the Love & Anarchy festival in September. Last May he was awarded the best director at Cannes Film Festival. Lucile Hadžihalilović is one of the most fascinating directors of modern European cinema. She comes to the festival with her new film EVOLUTION. Among the festival guests are also the British long time director Terence Davies and the German director Doris Dörrie as well as many other filmmakers from Nordic countries, Baltic countries, Europe and even Israel.

 

MAIN GUESTS

CRISTIAN MUNGIU

The Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (born 1968) depicts in his films those tricky choices in life that we’re all forced to make at some point. Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (L&A 2007) won the Palme d’Or for feature film in Cannes. Leading ladies shared the Award for Best Actress for his film Beyond the Hills (2012) in Cannes 2012. This year Mungiu was awarded the best director in Cannes for his film GRADUATION which will be screened at Love & Anarchy festival.

Cristian Mungiu is in Helsinki from 22nd to 24th of September. GRADUATION will be theatrically released on the 30th of December.

Interview requests: Mika Siltala, Cinema Mondo, mikas@cinemamondo.fi

LUCILE HADŽIHALILOVIĆ

Innocence (L&A 2005) is the best known film of the French director and screenwriter Lucile Hadžihalilović (born 1961). The film is based on the story by Frank Wedekind and it has been awarded at Stockholm and San Sebastian film festivals among others. Hadžihalilović has also co-written the film Enter the Void (L&A 2010) together with Gaspar Noé. After a long break the talented director comes to Helsinki with her long expected new film EVOLUTION. The film will be screened as a part of the Twilight Zone section.

Lucile Hadžihalilović is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

Interview requests for Lucile Hadžihalilović and other guests (unless informed differently):

Saija Holm, L&A publicist, saija@hiff.fi, 050 355 82 74

TERENCE DAVIES

Multitalented Terence Davies (born 1945) is an accomplished director, screenwriter and writer. His most celebrated works include such masterpieces as Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The House of Mirth (2000) and The Deep Blue Sea (2011). This year Love & Anarchy is screening his new films SUNSET SONG (2015) and A QUIET PASSION (2016).

Terence Davies is in Helsinki from 19th to 22nd of September.

DORIS DÖRRIE

The long time German director Doris Dörrie’s new film FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR is a wise, beautiful drama about an unlikely friendship that blooms between a German woman Marie and a former Geisha in nuclear crisis ridden Fukushima.The film was awarded at Berlin Film Festival.

Doris Dörrie is in Helsinki from 16th to 19th of September.

 

NORDIC GUESTS

RUNE DENSTAD LANGLO

The Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo’s (born 1972) new film WELCOME TO NORWAY! takes a humorous view to the very topical refugee crisis. In the film a couple who is suspicious towards the asulym seekers that are arriving to their country, decides to open a reception center.

Rune Denstad Langlo is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

PETER GRÖNLUND

The Swedish director Peter Grönlund’s (born 1977) debut feature film DRIFTERS will be screened as a part of Nordic Excellence selection at the L&A festival. Grönlund comes to Finland together with the star of the film Malin Levanon who won a Guldbagge Award for her role in the film. The film is a drama thriller, set in Stockholm’s less safe streets.

Peter Grönlund is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

BENEDIKT ERLINGSSON

The Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (born 1969) returns to Helsinki after the success of his previous film Of Horses and Men (L&A 2014). This time the director brings his new film THE SHOW OF SHOWS: 100 YEARS OF VAUDEVILLE, CIRCUSES AND CARNIVALS to the festival. The film combines skilfully archive materials to modern heavy music.

Benedikt Erlingsson is in Helsinki from 19th to 22nd of September. The visit is organized in collaboration with Yle Teema channel.

LILJA ÓSK SNORRADÓTTIR

Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir has produced Iceland’s nominee for the Nordic Council Film Prize the film SPARROWS. The coming-of-age story is set in the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of Iceland.

Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir is in Helsinki from 19th to 22nd of September.

LINN-JEANETHE KYED

The Oscar nominated Norwegian screenwriter Linn-Jeanethe Kyed attends the festival with her new latest documentary film. MAGNUS follows the life of the chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (born 1990) who is the superstar and sex symbol of chess.

Linn-Jeanethe Kyed is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

MADELINE EKMAN

Madeline Ekman has produced the Swedish nominee for the Nordic Council’s Film Prize THE HERE AFTER. The film follows a young boy who returns to school from unnamed institution. The locals however are unable to forget what he has done in the past.

Madeline Ekman is in Helsinki from 19th to 22nd of September.

SUZANNE OSTEN

The Swedish director Suzanne Osten returns to the festival after almost a 20 year long break with her new film THE GIRL, THE MOTHER AND THE DEMONS. The film depicts fascinatingly the life of a 7 year old Ti, whose mother is losing her sense of reality.

Suzanne Osten is in Helsinki from 23rd to 25th of September.

ALEXANDRA-THERESE KEINING and SOPHIA ERSSON

The Swedish director Alexandra-Therese Keining arrives to Helsinki together with the composer Sophia Ersson with their new film GIRLS LOST. The film will have a theatrical release after the festival by Kinoscreen Illusion. The premiere is 28th of October.

Alexandra-Therese Keining and Sophia Ersson are in Helsinki from 19th to 21st of September.

Interview requests: info@cinemedia.fi, 040 5872171

 

THE INTERNATIONAL GUESTS OF FINNISH FILMS

CHRISTY GARLAND

The Canadian director Christy Garland (born 1968) arrives at festival with his new Finnish-Canadian documentary film CHEER UP. The documentary follows a cheerleading team from Rovaniemi who works hard but still fails every time.

Christy Garland is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September. CHEER UP has a theatrical release after the festival. The premiere is 28th of October.

Interview requests: press@napafilms.fi, 044 912 0452

DANILO ŠERBEDŽIJA and RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA

The Macedonian-Croatian-Finnish film LIBERATION OF SKOPJE is set in the occupied city of Skopje during the Second World War. The film is directed by Croatian father and son Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija. Father Rade made his international breakthrough in Milčo Mančevski’s film Before the Rain (1994), for which he received the Award for the best Actor at Venice Film Festival. Like his father Danilo is also an experienced filmmaker. His film 72 Days was Croatia’s nominee for the Oscar Award for the best foreign film.

Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija are in Helsinki from 19th to 21st of September. The film will have a theatrical release after the festival. The premiere is 7th of October.

Interview requests: Nora Idman, nora.idman@vlmedia.fi, 044 035 9900

 

GUESTS FROM BALTIC COUNTRIES

RENARS VIMBA

The Latvian director Renars Vimba arrives at festival with his debut feature film MELLOW MUD. The film received an Award at Berlin Film Festival. The film depicts the life and first love of a 17 year old girl in the unforgiving Latvian countryside.

Renars Vimba is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

LIINA PAAKSPUU

The Estonian Liina Paakspuu (born 1981) is well known guest at the festival. The films The Wish Tree (L&A 2009) and 91 Kilometers (L&A 2010) are now followed by a documentary HEART OF A WOLF. The documentary follows two heavy bands, the Estonian Metsätöll and the Finnish Finntroll.

Liina Paakspuu is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

AET LAIGU

The Estonian producer Aet Laigu presents the Kadri Kõusaar film MOTHER that is screened as part of the Mamas and the Papas section. In the film a mother takes care of her adult son who is in coma. The black comedy reminds the films of the Coen brothers.

Aet Laigu is in Helsinki from 21st to 24th of September.

 

GUESTS FROM OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE – AND EVEN FURTHER

ASLI ÖZGE and EMRE ERKMEN

Director Asli Özge (born 1975) attends the festival together with her husband and the photographer of the film Emre Erkmen (born 1975) ALL OF A SUDDEN. The Turkey born couple has lived and worked in Berlin already for years. The film received a special mention at Berlinare’s Panorama section.

Asli Özge and Emre Erkmen are in Helsinki from 16th to 19th of September.

SACHA WOLFF

The French director Sacha Wolff’s (born 1981) debut feature film MERCENARY charmed at Cannes Film Festival. Now the director arrives in Helsinki to tell about his film that depicts how a rugby prop from Polynesia is offered an opportunity to play in a French team.

Sacha Wolff is in Helsinki from 17th to 19th of September.

THORSTEN SCHÜTTE

Thorsten Schütte’s new film EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS is fresh and deep film about the musician Frank Zappa.

Thorsten Schütte is in Helsinki from 15th to 18th of September.

TOMER HEYMANN

The Israeli director Tomer Heymann comes to Helsinki with two films. The documentary MR. GAGA tells the story of world famous choreographer Ohad Naharin. The film is screened as a part of dance themed movie section. WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW? tells the heart breaking story of a HIV positive Israeli man.

Tomer Heymann is in Helsinki from 22nd to 24th of September.

KLAUS HÄNDL

The Austrian director Klaus Händl attends the festival with his new film TOMCAT which won the Teddy Award in Berlinare. The film depicts the life of artist couple Stefan and Andreas whose life suddenly goes upside down due a sudden burst of violence.

Klaus Händl is in Helsinki from 22nd to 24th of September.

TOM BROWNE

The British director Tom Browne comes to Helsinki with his new film RADIATOR. The dark shaded humorous drama is warm depiction of family life, marriage and love. The story is told through a peculiar older couple.

Tom Browne is in Helsinki from 21st to 24th of September.

 

MAKERS OF SHORT FILMS AT THE FESTIVAL

NINJA THYBERG

Five short films of the Swedish director Ninja Thyberg will be screened at the festival. Retrospective includes the film PLEASURE that received an Award at Cannes Film Festival. At the moment Thyberg is making feature length version of the film with Ruben Östlund’s production company Plattform Produktion.

Ninja Thyberg is in Helsinki the 19th of September.

CRISTINA GROSAN and DÓRA NEDEZCKY

The Romanian born later Budapest set director Cristina Grosan and the Hungarian producer Dóra Nedeczky visited Love & Anarchy festival in 2014 with their short film Holiday at the Seaside. This year they’re bringing their new film NIGHT PAINTING which is screened as a part of the Just Kids, Just Grown Ups short film section.

Cristina Grosan and Dóra Nedeczky are in Helsinki from the 21st to 25th of September.

ISABELLA CARBONELL and ALEXANDRA ALEGREN

The Swedish director and screenwriter Isabella Carbonell has directed many short films in her production company Flicka Film. The Love & Anarchy festival is screening her new film MANIACS which had its premiere in Göteborg Film Festival last January. The producer Alexandra Alegren plays also the protagonist of the film. The film is screened as a part of the Nordic Excellence section.

Isabella Carbonell and Alexandra Alegren are in Helsinki from the 15th to 18th of September.

SIMON VAHLNE

Simon Vahlne visits the festival with his latest short film FIGHT ON A SWEDISH BEACH that premiered in the short film competition at Cannes Film Festival this spring. The film which is part of the Nordic Gems 2 short film screening, is his first project with Ruben Östlund’s Plattform Produktion.

Simon Vahlne is in Helsinki 17th of September.

Interview requests: Saija Holm, L&A publicist, saija@hiff.fi, 050 355 82 74