Finnish award winning movies, HELSINKI, FOREVER and THE PUNK SYNDROME have been selected to the Nordic Film Festival in London on 30th November – 5th December 2012 to present the bests of Finnish cinema.
Nordic Film Festival brings together a broad mix of independent films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, celebrating the best in Nordic filmmaking past and present.
Nordic cinema is thriving with is its vibrant independent filmmaking scene and long-standing traditions of internationally recognised talent. The 1st Nordic Film Festival to organise in the UK and in London offers a dedicated context through which to celebrate Nordic cinema with the aim of producing a truly creative, exciting and enjoyable festival.
HELSINKI, FOREVER I Peter von Bagh, Finland 2008, 74 mins, London Premiere
Award-winning Finnish director and academic Peter von Bagh’s cinematic essay is a montage of visual representations of Helsinki from respected Finnish filmmakers from throughout the years. The director both critiques and affirms past contributions to Finnish visual culture, reliving the past in a dreamlike homage to reel and verse.
Official Festival Selections: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012
Sat 1 Dec, 5.15pm – Riverside Studios
THE PUNK SYNDROME I Jukka Karkkainen/Jani-Petteri Passi, Finland 2012, 85 mins, London Premiere
This documentary follows Finland’s biggest punk band, sharing in their personal and professional highs and lows. All four band members have a mental disability, a subject present in their music and politics. An insight into the world of touring anarchy – of love, hate, laughter and tears – this film equally comments on society’s changing attitudes towards mental disability.
Official Festival Selections:
Tampere Film Festival 2012, Hot Docs 2012, Sheffield DocFest 2012
Mon 3 Dec, 8.30pm – Riverside Studios
Further information and tickets on www.day-for-night.org/nordic-film-festival
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