Festival will show more than 180 features.
Finland’s largest film festival, the Helsinki International Film Festival — Love & Anarchy, will open with Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
The festival’s 25th edition runs Sept 20-30 and will include more than 180 features. The Closing Film will be Jacques Audiard’s Cannes hit Rust And Bone.
The HIFF Gala will be William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and the Finnish Gala is Arto Halonen’s ski doping documentary When Heroes Lie.
One title already selected for the HIFF Spotlight Section is The Marshal of Finland, about the life of wartime military commander Gustaf Mannerheim.
The festival introduces a new Haute Cuisine programme (including dinners), with films such as Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine, Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share and Jose Coira’s 18 Meals.
The Emerging Europe selections from Eastern Europe include Srdjan Dragojevic’s The Parade. The Sea Between Us selections include Nabil Ayouch’s Horses of God and Mohamed Diab’s Cairo 678.
Love & Anarchy again also offers the Finnish Film Week showcasing the lastest local productions. The festival this year will also host the Finnish Film Affair, to showcase the latest Finnish features to international professionals. A seminar will also run as part of the Finnish Film Affair.
The festival programme will be unveiled on Sept 7.