The sequel to the 2012 docu hit The Punk Syndrome is among the gala screenings lined-up for Helsinki’s Love & Anarchy Film Festival (September 14-24).
The first titles selected for the festival’s 30th anniversary were announced this week and punk group Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät's last journey filmed by Jukka Kärkkäinen and JP Passi in the film The Punk Voyage (previously know as Post-Punk Syndrome) will have its world premiere in the Gala strand. The Mouka Filmi documentary backed by Nordisk Film & TV Fond follows the band from European rock clubs to the Eurovision Song Contest and towards their inevitable end. B-Plan will release it domestically on October 10. The film that won last year’s top Best Pitch award at the festival’s Finnish Film Affair will kick start this year’s two-day industry event on September 19.
The festival’s Gala screenings will open with US film Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino and close with Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’or winning film The Square.
For the first time a sub-festival dedicated to short films will unspool from September 20-24 where around 200 shorts will be available. Two short film retrospectives will honour Finnish writer, visual artist/director Rosa Liksom and Swedish director Amanda Kernell whose critically acclaimed coming of age film Sami Blood will also screen at the festival. The audience will get a chance to vote for their Best Short Finnish Film, a prize sponsored by Elisa Kulma.
Other festival titles will be announced shortly, alongside the full programme of the 6th Finnish Film Affair. (September 19-21).