Singapore getting its own Finnish film festival this week

The Finnish Film Festival will launched in Singapore this week, and the line-up includes an impressive 14 films varying from fiction to children’s films.

The opening film is Tom of Finland from director Dome Karukoski. Tom of Finland is a biopic about Touko Laaksonen, one of the most iconic gay artists in the world. The film documents his experience serving his country in World War II right through to the fact that he had to keep his art secret in Finland because of the persecution of homosexual men.

The fiction line-up includes the comedy Man and a Baby, the northern thriller East of Sweden, the family drama Law of the Land and the black comedy Euthanizer, which is representing Finland at this year’s Academy Awards. Included in the kids section is Moomins and the Winter Wonderland, Super Furball and Jill, Joy and the Mysterious Stranger.

A small retrospective on Aki Kaurismaki is also included in the line-up. The festival will show six of his films, from Calamari Union (1985) to Le Havre (2011).

The Finnish Film Festival runs from the 11th to the 21st of October in Singapore. The organisers are the Finnish Embassy and the Singapore Film Society, with support from the Finnish Film Foundation.

Source: Finnish Film Foundation


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.