The Helsinki International Film Festival will welcome Jacques Audiard to the closing night gala of his film Rust & Bone.

Audiard has now confirmed his attendance at the final weekend of HIFF (the film screens on Sept 30).

Helsinki has a long history with the director, which has shown previous films including See How They Fall, A Self-Made Hero, and The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

The Helsiniki festival kicks off Sept 20 with Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Producer Dan Janvey will be present for a Q&A.

Other HIFF guests for opening weekend include directors Maja Milos of Clip, Hafsteinn Sigurdsson of Either Way, producer Ronald Vietz and actor Goran Jevtic.