Ready for a Finnish Affair? Now it comes with Love & Anarchy
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
08/05/2012 - The annual Finnish Film Event, for the first time organised last year as part of the Helsinki International Film Festival-Love & Anarchy, will become a regular industry showcase, the Finnish Film Affair, between September 25-27, during the 25th edition of the festival (September 20-30).
Encouraged by the performance of such Finnish festures such as Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre [trailer, film focus], Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky [trailer, film focus], Mika Kaurismäki’s Mama Africa [trailer] and Dome Karukoski’s Lapland Odyssey [trailer], festival director Pekka Lanerva (photo) has decided to target a special section at sales agents, buyers and press.
“With Finnish films recently doing so well in the international market, it seemed the perfect time to launch this programme,” said Lanerva, a distributor (Cinema Mondo Ltd) who has headed the festival in 13 years. “There is so much more to discover in Finland – this year a record number of 40 local movies will be theatrically released.”
Also including an industry panel and a selection of works-in-progress, the Finnish Film Affair is organised in collaboration with the Association of Finnish Film Producers, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export, the Finland Film Commission and the Nordic Culture Fund.
Participants will also be able to sample works from neighbouring countries, such as Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltics, in other festival sections. From showing 26 films in two theatres, the Love & Anarchy is now programming around 150 features and 75 shorts on 12 screens all over Helsinki. Last year’s event registered 54,000 admissions.