The Midnight Sun Film Festival opens up the dance floor
by Marta Bałaga
- Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Finnish film festival will mark its 36th edition with a collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato and the Cineteca di Bologna
Apart from the online programme offering more than 60 domestic and international films, accompanied by discussions and interviews, the 36th edition of the Midnight Sun Film Festival will also provide something extra for viewers outside of the country. The feature There Will Be Spring [+see also:
film profile] by Annika Grof will be available worldwide, as will the screenings of Finnish Cinema 90 Years Ago: a collection of Finnish flicks released all the way back in 1931, produced in co-operation with the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI).
“It was a crucial moment, when silent and sound cinema were still co-existing, but not for much longer. This whole initiative has a higher goal: to start presenting the history of Finnish cinema in chronological order,” says programme manager Milja Mikkola.
Always combining the old and the new, alongside Finnish premieres of the likes of Dear Comrades! [+see also:
film profile] by Andrei Konchalovsky and The Nest [+see also:
film profile] by Sean Durkin – as well as showings of such local fare as How to Kill a Cloud [+see also:
interview: Tuija Halttunen
film profile] by Tuija Halttunen and Aleksi Salmenperä’s short The Bouncer, fresh from Tribeca – the festival will also benefit from a collaboration with Italy’s Il Cinema Ritrovato and the Cineteca di Bologna, Cineuropa has learnt. Marco Ferreri’s The Man with the Balloons, featured on this year’s poster, Mario Monicelli’s The Passionate Thief, starring Anna Magnani and Totò, Nanni Moretti’s Dear Diary and, finally, the silent film classic Satan’s Rhapsody by Nino Oxilia will all be featured. But the audience will also be encouraged to dig out their dancing shoes, says Mikkola.
“In order to bring people together, we will be hosting our traditional dance party. Some will ‘join’ us in our virtual festival bar, but there will also be a 45-minute-long film featuring all the dances from our past editions. It’s going to be online, available for everyone to watch whenever they want. We will ask the audience to host their own parties and share video clips with us later.”
The festival, founded in 1986, will also travel back in time to its second edition, which was attended by Jim Jarmusch, Juliet Berto and Jacques Demy. “We went through all this archive material and – surprise, surprise – it was [director] Juho Kuosmanen who made these mini-documentaries for YLE in April. There is a lot of really special material,” adds Mikkola. Kuosmanen will soon debut his second feature, Compartment No. 6 [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile], in Cannes’ main competition.
The online edition of the festival will unspool from 17-21 June 2021.
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