Oscar nominated Danish documentarist Anders Ăstergaard is guest of honour of the 14thÂ DocPoint â Helsinki Documentary Film Festival that kick starts today.
Ăstergaard will give a Master class on February 1stÂ and four of his films will screen at the festival: his latest workÂ 1989Â as well as Burma VJ, Tintin & I Â andÂ The Magus. Over 30 renowned filmmakers are expected at Docpoint such as Swedenâs Nima Sarvestami (Those Who Say No), Russiaâs Marina Goldovskaya (A Bitter Taste) and Hollandâs Jos de Putter (See No Evil).
Among the 166 documentary films on display are 11 titles part of the New Finnish Documentary Film Series, such as festival openerÂ Men of TalvivaaraÂ by Markku Heikkinen. According to the jury who compiled the series, many films in the programme look into social problems, examined through the loves and stories of individual people. âWe were particularly delighted by the return of politics into the Finnish documentary scene,â said the jury headed by DocPoint artistic director Ulla Simonen.