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Helsinki’s Love & Anarchy now ready to Balkanize!

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Helsinki’s Love & Anarchy now ready to Balkanize!

Unspooling between September 15-25, the 24th Helsinki International Film Festival: Love & Anarchy – Finland’s major film event – has added a Balkan series to its line-up: Balkanize! presents six directors, including Serbia’s Dejan Zecevic and Turkey’s Seyfi Teoman, both attending to screen The Enemy [+see also:
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interview: Dejan Zečević
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and Our Grand Despair [+see also:
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, respectively.

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Cannes and Berlinal winners are also represented in the sidebar: Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once upon a Time in Anatolia [+see also:
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, which took the Jury Grand Prix on the Côte d’Azur, and Albanian director Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood [+see also:
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, which collected a Silver Bear for Best Original Screenplay at the Berlinale.

From showing 26 films in two theatres, Love & Anarchy is programming 120 features and 80 shorts on 12 screens all over Helsinki. After focusing on Japanese and Hong Kong product, the festival, which last year reached 56,000 admissions, now covers the world in different sections such as French Cuts, Orizzonti Italiana, Bollywood and Beyond – even Watch Me, I’m Irish.

The 24th edition of the showcase will be opened by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In [+see also:
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interview: Pedro Almodóvar
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, while Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation – the Golden Bear winner at this year’s Berlinale – will close the 11-day programme. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, which won him Best Director at Cannes, has been selected for the Love & Anarchy Gala. Unspooling 19 recent or upcoming local features by – among others - Aleksi Mäkelä (Home Sweet Home [+see also:
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), Peter Lindholm (Where Once We Walked), Elias Koskimies (Dirty Bomb [+see also:
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) – the annual Finnish Event is head by a gala preview of Joona Tena’s Body of Water [+see also:
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, with Krista Kosonen in the lead as a big city lawyer trying to help local people in a small town fight a planned hydro plant reservoir.

Besides presenting Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters [+see also:
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and Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Play [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
interview: Ruben Ostlund
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(in competition for the LUX Prize of the European Parliament 2011) in the Spotlight section, festival director Pekka Lanerva has selected 16 Scandinavian frequent festival travellers for Nordic Exports, including Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Volcano [+see also:
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and Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s Oslo, 31 August [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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]

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