Valladolid International Film Festival focuses on Finland

Valladolid International Film Festival (Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid – SEMINCI) is having Finland as its guest country this year. The 1956 founded festival is known for its innovative repertoire, which has introduced a great number of important directors to Spanish audiences. There will be a large selection of Finnish films presented this year ranging from the black and white classiscs to the hottest current feature films and the most important documentary films.  Pirjo Honkasalo has been invited to the international jury and the festival will also host many other Finnish directors, who are presenting their films.

The official competition will feature Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King, which just won the audience award as well as the best actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival. The film is in competition with 17 other movies for Valladolid’s Golden Spike Award. The film will premiere at the festival Teatro Calderon on Thursday 29 October. After the festival the Kaurismäki’s film will be released in Spain. The film will be distributed by Film Buro. The foreign sales are handled by Yellow Affair.

In the Meeting point competition there will be another Montreal winner, namely 2 Nights till Morning, which is directed by Mikko Kuparinen. In the Time of History series the documentary film Marzia, My Friend by Kirsi Mattila will be presented.

The official short film series features Merry Christmas by Matti Ijäs and Meeting Point section of short films includes Reunion, which is directed by Iddo Soskolne and Janne Reinikainen and which received an honorable mention at this year’s Berlinale.

Focus on Finland section has further 19 films. Included are the most recent Finnish feature films and a selection of documentary films as well as the best of Finnish film classics.

Documentaries include some of the biggest hits from the last decades: The Idle Ones by Susanna Helke and Virpi Suutari, Pirjo Honkasalo’s 3 Rooms of Melancholia, Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen, The Punk Syndrome by Jukka Kärkkäinen and JP Passi as well as Finnish blood, Swedish Heart by Mika Ronkainen.

From the feature film the Spanish audience will see of Aki Kaurismäki‘s Drifting Clouds, Aleksi Salmenperä’s Bad Family, Zaida Bergroth‘s The Good Son, Simo Halinen’s Open Up to Me, Marja Pyykkö’s Village People, Ulrika Bengts’s The Disciple, J-P Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped and Dome Karukoski’s The Grump.

Finnish classic films include Restless Blood by Teuvo Tulio, Erik Blomberg’s The White Reindeer, Mikko Niskanen’s Boys, Rauni Mollberg’s The Earth Is a Sinful Song, Risto Jarva’s The Man Who Could Not Say No, The Inspection by Matti Ijäs and Auli Mantila’sThe Collector.

Directors travelling as guests to Valladolid international film festival are Mika Kaurismäki, Mikko Kuparinen, Kirsi Mattila, Matti Ijäs, Iddo Soskolne, Zaida Bergroth, Simo Halinen and Marja Pyykkö. Finnish film producers attending will be Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen and Mark Lwoff. The Finnish Film Foundation will be represented by Head of Production Petri Rossi, Head of Feature film promotion Jaana Puskala and Coordinator of Feature Film Promotion Jenni Domingo.

The festival always publishes a book on each focus country. The Finnish book includes texts written to the catalogue by Harri Römpötti. The Finnish Film Foundation has commissioned Spanish subtitles on each festival film which will be shown. These films are now subtitled in Spanish and they will continue to be used in other Finnish films events in Spanish-speaking world.

The Finnish share of the programme is organized in co-operation with SEMINCI by the Finnish Film Foundation, the Finnish Institute in Madrid and the Finnish Embassy in Madrid.

This year, the International Film Festival of Valladolid will be held October 24-31 2015.

For more information:

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid


via press release

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.