Record Visitors At Helsinki’s Love & Anarchy

The 27th Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy had much to celebrate on Sunday’s closing party as the event gathered the biggest crowd ever with 61,500 visitors and over 100 international film professionals. The festival’s executive director Sara Nordberg and artistic director Pekka Lanerva (pictured) were also handed out a plaque of recognition and appreciation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The festival’s Audience award went to the Polish Oscar candidate IDA co-produced by Denmark’s Phoenix Film and among the festival’s most popular titles were Boyhood, Of Horses and Men, The Tribe, The Quiet Roar and The Look of Silence.

The fifth Finnish Film Week ended with the annual prize ceremony organized by several local film trade associations. Concrete Night’s director and producers, respectively Pirjo Honkasalo and Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari (Bufo) won the top awards in their categories, while Anu Sinisalo was voted Best Actress (No Thank You), Kirsikka Saari Best Screenwriter (Korso), Tuukka Temonen (The Campaign of the President) Best Documentary filmmaker and Sari Aaltonen Best Film & Media professional.

via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.