Helsinki is a heaven of film festivals. It really is. In a city with a population of just over 600,000, there are around 20 festivals organized year around. Which is kind of vital since otherwise, after most of the small more indie driven cinemas have been suffocated by the large movie complexes during the past decade, the film selection of Helsinki residents would be quite constricted.
One of my favorite festivals is the Helsinki International Film Festival – better known as Love & Anarchy. For eleven days in September the festival takes over most the cinemas in Helsinki to show new films that could otherwise not be seen here. The large selection is always both breathtaking and exhausting – there is just too much interesting stuff to see!
What I like most about Rakkautta & Anarkiaa (the festival’s name in Finnish) is its size. Bigger is not better in my books usually, but the size and popularity of this festival has allowed it to create an actual vibrant festival feeling in the city. The festival volunteer staff is always ready to chat and give you tips, and other fans of the festival you can easily spot by looking out for the temporary festival tattoos on their skin.
Oh, do I have any tips? Well, since it’s Finland you’re visiting, why not check out a Finnish film or two!