Espoo Ciné brings light, happiness and female film makers to spring

Barrage is directed and written by women, and it tells a story about women. Drama is directed by Laura Schroeder who has co-written it with Marie Nimier. Three leading ladies are related, as the films presents three generations of Hupperts. Isabelle Huppert is Elisabeth, whose daughter Catherine returns to her mom and daughter Alba after several years abroad. Catherine is played by Huppert’s daughter Lolita Chammah, and Chammah’s own daughter Themis Pauwels is seen in the role of Catherine’s child.

Carlos Marques-Marcet has directed Anchor and Hope, a comedy that was awarded with several Goyas. The film shakes up the traditional conventions of romantic comedy, telling a story of Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kati (Natalia Tena, Game of Thrones, 10 000 km), whose long relationship is put on a test as Eva starts dreaming of a baby. The two women rely on support of their strikingly handsome friend Roger (David Verdaguer, 10 000 km).

This year’s festival programme is made with a «quality over quantity» principle: ”In addition to hand picked feature films we will be presenting a slightly wider selection of new and interesting short films, partly thanks to Ciné kylässä event”, Mickael Suominen says.

The first ever Ciné kylässä event was arranged for the first time last spring. The event proved out to be a success. The second Ciné kylässä event brings short films to people’s homes all around Espoo from the 16th to 29th April. ”Last year’s event topped all our expectations”, producer Johanna Vanttaja confirms. ”In addition to screenings in private homes this time we’ll be creating a special screening together with a business partner”, Vanttaja continues. Online registering to Ciné kylässä screenings opens up at on April the 4th. Information about the film maker guests attending the screenings and further information about the partner screening will be released simultaneously.

Junior Ciné will be offering a carefully crafted programme to children and youth from the 4th to 9th May. "Special themes of this year’s Junior Ciné will be school, friendship and tolerance", producer Maria Lehtonen says. "These themes are easily summed up with two funny and excellent French films on the programme: Oscar winner Michel Gondry’s Microbe and Gasoline tells the story of two boys, who build their own camper and hit the road. The New Kid (dir. Rudi Rosenberg) is a funny and identifiable story about a 13-year-old boy who comes to a new school and starts looking for his place there”, Lehtonen sums up.   Important dates:

  • April the 4th. Registering to Ciné kylässä starts at
  • April 16th to 29th. Ciné kylässä event around Espoo.
  • April 17th. Espoo Ciné and Junior Ciné release the whole programme and film maker guests attending the festivals.
  • April 17th. Ticket sales start.
  • May 4th to 9th. Junior Ciné.
  • May 4th to 13th. Espoo Ciné.  

Espoo Ciné International Film Festival takes place in venues around Espoo: Tapiolasali and Louhisali in Espoo Cultural Centre, Kino Tapiola, Hanasaari, Finnkino Sello and Finnkino Omena. Festival info is located in Espoo Cultural Centre.