Wes Anderson’s new film to open the 29th Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

Espoo Ciné International Film Festival (4th to 13th May, 2018) offers a cinematic tour around Europe and new European cinema during its ten days of film bliss. This year’s programme presents new films by high profile film makers along with new titles from famous actors, documentaries about current themes, fresh comedies from all over Europe, striking zombie films and new Scandinavian titles. Festival opens with Wes Anderson’s anticipated new film, animated feature ISLE OF DOGS that was awarded at the Berlinale in February. Closing film is Björn Runge’s first English language drama THE WIFE.  

Short films get a lot more attention than before at this year’s festival. In addition to 55 short films screened at Ciné kylässä event (16–29 April) seven award winning, innovative Finnish short films step into the limelight at the Finnish Film Gala: ”One of Espoo Ciné’s main goals has been to bring out young and promising film makers”, festival director Mia Vainikainen says. ”We had the honour to be selecting the nominees for the short film Jussi award this year. While watching the high quality films we started thinking that it’d be time to bring short films by both young talents and more experienced film makers with awards and fame to the limelight also at our festival’s programme”, Vainikainen describes the decision to celebrate short films at the Finnish Film Gala.  

Finnish Film Gala presents: Cannes winner and Jussi awarded The Ceiling (dir. Teppo Airaksinen), Risto Jarva Prize winner Jussi nominee Birds in the Earth (dir. Marja Helander), Jussi nominated films The Moonshiners (dir. Juho Kuosmanen), Fucking Bunnies (dir. Teemu Niukkanen) and Penelope (dir. Heta Jäälinoja), Taking the Floor (dir. Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen) and Social Connection (dir. Jan Ijäs).

Finnish Film Gala 8th May at 19.00 at the Espoo Cultural Centre.  

Opening film is ISLE OF DOGS by Wes Anderson, who was awarded with Silver bear for the best director.  It tells the tale of friendship between dogs and people, but also has an undertone of biting criticism of corruption and greed. Famous voice actors bring wit and humour to our furry heroes. ISLE OF DOGS gets a theatrical distribution from May 11 (Nordisk Film).  

Closing film is THE WIFE, drama about Nobel Prize winning writer and the woman behind his success, his wife. The first English language film by the Swedish director Björn Runge tells a story about power, love and lie as big as life itself. ”Where do I start and where do i end?” the film asks. Film features powerhouse performances by Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close, who requested Björn Runge to be directing the adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel.

THE WIFE gets a theatrical distribution after the festival, release date TBA (SF Studios).


Special screenings

The festival will be presenting three special screenings accompanied by live music. Perttu Saksa’s experimental documentary about nature photographer Heikki Willamo, Animal Image, is accompanied by improvised music from Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio. Sami van Ingen’s short films Polte + Just One Kiss. Just One Kiss will be enjoyed with music by Hanna Hohti, Markus Hohti and Sami Klemola. Edumania is a film about Finnish rapper Edu Kehäkettunen, who will be performing after the screening. All three films have been cut anew and with the performances they’ll offer unique experiences to Espoo Ciné audience.

Further information: Espoocine.fi  

Espoo Ciné 4–13 May, 2018

Espoo Ciné presents 76 feature films and 14 short films in 166 screenings. Ciné kylässä presents 55 short films in 11 screenings in private homes around Espoo from 16–29 April.  

Espoo Ciné venues are Espoo Cultural Centre, Kino Tapiola, Finnkino Omena and Sello in addition to Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish cultural centre. Festival info is located in Espoo Cultural Centre, where you can also find a press room for the use of the members of press (further information: saija@espoocine.fi).  

Ticket sales started 17 April at 12 noon in Espoo Cultural Centre and online: www.espoocine.fi.  

Media accreditation continues until 26th April. Accreditation form, press releases and press book: http://www.espoocine.fi/2018/f...