After only two years, the Finnish Film Affair – the industry side of Love & Anarchy – The Helsinki International Film Festival (HIFF) – has become a busy shopping place for international buyers: after last year’s market, no fewer than eight new Finnish films are being marketed at Cannes.
“This year’s Finnish crop at Cannes is very high-profile,” said HIFF executive director Sara Norberg. And there is more to come from the third Affair, scheduled between 23-25 September this year, including Finnish director Jalmari Helander‘s first English-language feature, Big Game, starring US actor Samuel L Jackson, and new films from Finnish directors Mika Kaurismäki, Dome Karukoski and Klaus Härö.
Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo’s Concrete Night[+], which swept this year’s Finnish Jussi Awards, collecting six statuettes, including Best Film and Best Director, is being sold at the Marché du Film by the UK’s Film Republic. The Finnish producer of the film, Mark Lwoff,of Bufo, is in Cannes participating in European Film Promotion’s Producer on the Move scheme (see interview).
Also screening on the Croisette are Finnish directors Maria Ruotsala’s Apeiron (picked up by Australia’s Galloping Films); Taru Mäkelä’s August Fools[+] (France’s Insomnia World Sales); Saara Cantell’s Jill and Joy (Denmark’s TrustNordisk); Xavier Picard andHanna Hemilä’s Moomins on the Riviera (France’s Indie Sales); Petri Luukkainen’s My Stuff (Germany’s Rise & Shine); Amir Escandari’s Pixadores (aka Windcatchers); and J-P Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped (Finnish-Swedish The Yellow Affair).
Last year’s Finnish Film Affair, which screened 30 recent and upcoming Finnish films, and presented 16 works in progress, was organised in collaboration with, among others,Favex (Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export) and the Finnish Film Foundation. The upcoming programme will introduce project clinics and workshops for new talent, and will highlight project development from the point of view of international marketing and sales.