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Love & Anarchy Celebrates the 20th Edition of the Festival
by Love & Anarchy
2007-09-20 09:43:45
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The 20th annual Love and Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival is back this year with more cinemas and seats than ever before. The festival will take place on September 20th–30th and its programme is of traditionally high quality.

The 2007 edition of Helsinki International Film Festival will provide the chance for an enjoyable festival experience for more viewers than ever by screening festival films in six cinemas: Bio Rex, Maxim, Kinopalatsi, Andorra, Koff Screen Dubrovnik and Kino Engel. In addition, the huge Bio Rex screen will be in use all through the 11-day festival for the first time, and one whole floor of Kinopalatsi cinema (screens 6, 7 and 8) is reserved for HIFF screenings. The festival bar life and clubs will be centred in cultural complex Andorra.

The Love and Anarchy Selection Semi-Officielle will include several Cannes favourites such as The Palme d’Or winner, Romanian 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days and Harmony Korine’s new film Mister Lonely, Terror’s Advocate by Barbet Schröder and You, the Living by Roy Andersson from the Un Certain Regard selection.

From the Nordic countries HIFF will screen Lars Von Trier’s comedy The Boss of It All and Container, the latest work by Lukas Moodysson. Iceland is also present in the HIFF programme; Ragnar Bragason’s Children and its sequel Parents, the first of which was Iceland’s candidate for the Academy Awards, are to be seen at the festival.

HIFF also focuses on animation. Goro Miyazaki, son of Studio Ghibli legend Hayao, has directed his debut feature, Tales from Earthsea, an animation based on Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea fantasy books. Other animations this year include Paprika by Satoshi Kon, and Persepolis, a graphic novel transformed into a film by directors Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, the original author.

Indian Bollywood arrivals include action and romance. Never Say Goodbye by Karan Johar represents the traditional Bollywood musical. The more exciting and exhilarating side of Bollywood is presented by Don, an action movie filled with the familiar bolly dance and music. A fairly unfamiliar movie country, Egypt, will also be on view at HIFF. The Yacoubian Building contemplates people’s destinies in contemporary Cairo.

From the field of American independent cinema HIFF will screen films from both the north and the south. Cocaine Cowboys tells a tale of the birth of the Miami drug empire. Half Nelson made it’s way from art house cinemas to the Oscar race in the supporting role category. Madrigal is the work of Cuban Fernando Peréz, also known from Suite Habana.

Brazilian director Karim Ainouz’s praised Suely in the Sky is another of many Latin American features screened at HIFF. Jonas Cuaron’s (son of Alfonso Cuaron) debut Año Uña is included in a special selection from Mexico.


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