Season Film Festival (March 28th to 31st, 2019) presents the most interesting arthouse films and the spring’s cinematic highlights during its four-day celebration of quality cinema. This year’s programme is filled with film stars, cult movies and the newest films by directors adored by festival-goers around the world. The festival opens with Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows. Season Film Festival will screen a total of 19 feature films and five short films in 41 screenings. The ticket sales kick off on March 14th.

The festival hoopla begins with Academy Award winning director Asghar Farhadi’s (The Salesman, A Separation) newest film KAIKKI TIETÄVÄT (Todos lo saben). The celebration of a Spanish wedding takes an unexpected turn when past secrets come to light. The psychological thriller is starred by the charismatic duo of Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Season Film Festival presents the most anticipated spring premieres. A festival favourite Jafar Panahi (Taxi Teheran) leads the audience to an Iranian village in his newest feature film KOLME NAISTA (Se rokh), which was awarded Best Screenplay in Cannes. The drama compassionately examines tradition, gender roles and human condition.

The acclaimed director Jacques Audiard brings us his latest masterpiece THE SISTERS BROTHERS, a film that shake’s up the traditional frame of the western genre. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed) is chased by the infamous assassins, the Sisters brothers. Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli’s (John C. Reilly) bloody quest is complicated by an encounter with one John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal). The modern western genre is also represented by Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska’s DAMSEL. Directed by the Zellner brothers, the film pushes the envelope by being proudly a feminist western.

American indie gems

Brady Corbet’s highly anticipated pop epic VOX LUX will have its Finnish premiere at Season Film Festival. The film’s star, Academy Award winning actor Natalie Portman, lights up the silver screen with a firecracker of a performance. One of this year’s global indie sensations, BLINDSPOTTING, follows two best friends and the racial tensions of Oakland’s changing neighbourhood.

Legendary Hollywood star Robert Redford’s swan song THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70, which led to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities – and enchanted the public.

YouTube star Bo Burnham’s directorial debut EIGHTH GRADE is a touching coming-of-age story that portrays Kayla (Elsie Fisher) struggling to survive the last few weeks of eighth grade.

What would you do if you found out that you have two identical twins? Tim Wardle’s absurd documentary THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS tells a story too twisted to be true. Except that it is.

Let’s talk about women

Maggie Gyllenhaal makes an astonishing turn in Sara Colangelo’s renowned drama THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. In the film, a kindergarten teacher becomes obsessed with a 5-year-old boy, whom she believes is a poetic genius.

The new French feel-good film INVISIBLES was a surprise success in its homeland with over one million viewers since its release in January. Arantxa Echevarría’s first feature film CARMEN & LOLA tells the story of two Romani women in love.

The Fresh from Finland: Finnish Short Films screening features the following short films: 1,5 METERS SPACE (dir. Vilja Autiokyrö), SILENT AS MURDERERS (dir. Lauri-Matti Parppei), TWO BODIES ON A BEACH (dir. Anna Paavilainen), A TARGET (Antti Heikki Pesonen) and SUPER COMFORT (dir. Kirsikka Saari).

For the sixth year in a row, WIFT Finland, WIFT Nordic and Season Film Festival are hosting a topical seminar on the most discussed phenomenon in the Finnish cinema culture. This year’s seminar is held at Bio Rex on March 28th and focuses on the presentation of female sexual power and sexual desire on screen. The seminar will be held in Finnish and English and the admission is free.