Within six hours of the box office opening for the 27th Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, close to 20,000 tickets had been sold for this year’s programme of 170 features and 150 shorts – total sell-outs included the opening and closing movies, US directors Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and UK directorsIain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s drama-documentary on Australian author-musician-artist and sometimes actor Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth [+].
Starting today (18 September) and running through until 28 September, Finland’s largest showcase offers more than 500 screenings at 12 venues. For gala presentations, festival director Sara Norberg and her artistic director Pekka Lanerva have selected, among others, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night [+], Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality [+] and Finnish director J-P Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped [+]. Thirteen local films will unspool in the Finnish focus.
Almost 40 international guests will attend the festival, toplined by 20-year-old US actor Ellar Coltrane from Linklater’s Boyhood, which was filmed over 12 years and recently received the international film critics’ FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Film of the Year. Irish actor Andrew Scott (from Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall [+see also:
film profile]) and Chilean actor Brontis Jodorowsky (from his grandfather’s The Dance of Reality) are also on the list.
Having signed a three-year agreement with Finnish pubcaster YLE, the festival will supply some of the programme for immediate local airing, including Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s feature/TV series Burning Bush [+], Syrian director Talal Derki’s Return to Homs [+] (produced by Orwa Nyrabia, another festival guest), and Irish director Mark Cousins’ Life May Be and A Story of Children and Film [+].
YLE will also broadcast Swedish directors Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure (Turist) [+]and Göran Hugo Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape [+], and US director (and festival guest) Joshua Oppenheimer’s Venice-winning documentary, The Look of Silence [+]. In the coming months, another 34 festival premieres will screen on the station, which will preview four episodes from season two of its popular Finnish TV series Kimmo at the festival.