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– For the next eleven days Helsinki turns into a cinephile’s paradise as the 32nd edition of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy takes over the city’s silver screens
– Five films compete for the HIFF Audience Award

The 32nd edition of HIFF begins on Thursday with the Opening Gala screening of Gurinder Chadha’s BLINDED BY THE LIGHT. The Sundance surprise hit tells the story of a British Pakistani youngster who finds meaning in the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Festival’s ticket sales has started on a high note. Audience favourites include the Colombian hostage drama MONOS, Quentin Dupieux’s weird leather jacket slasher DEERSKIN and Daniel Scheinert’s (Swiss Army Man, HIFF 2016) new film THE DEATH OF DICK LONG. Some of the sold-out movies will get additional screenings during the festival’s last weekend.

HIFF events include the WE JAZZ X R&A: BLUE NOTES WITH ALEKSI HEINOLA QUINTET concert at Savoy Theatre. Also included are festival clubs ranging from italo disco to vogue ballroom.

The festival welcomes two newly announced guests: British director Mark Jenkin with his experimental festival hit BAIT and Polish director Katarzyna Trzaska with her comedic documentary VILLAGE OF SWIMMING COWS. Swedish director Anna Odell has unfotunately had to cancel her visit.

The guests available for interviews during the first festival weekend include German director Pia Hellenthal (SEARCHING EVA), British director Peter Strickland (IN FABRIC) and Danish directors Laurits Flensted-Jensen (NEON HEART) and Ulaa Salim (SONS OF DENMARK). Next week’s guests include Icelandic actor Ingvar E. Sigurðsson (A WHITE, WHITE DAY), German veteran director Veit Helmer (THE BRA) and Swedish director Victor Lindgren (FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: VICTOR LINDGREN, THE UNPROMISED LAND).

The five films competing for the HIFF Audience Award are AMANDA, GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA, LITTLE JOE, PHOTOGRAPH and TREMORS. The audience can vote for their favourite at Kino Regina’s website (www.kinoregina.fi/hiffkilpailu). The winning film will be shown as the Film of the Month at National Audiovisual Institute’s Kino Regina in November.

Welcome to the festival!