The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents FinnFest, a cinematic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Finland’s Independence, with five must-see narratives and documentaries by acclaimed Finnish filmmakers. Tale of the Lake director Marko Röhr and cinematographer Teemu Liakka will be in attendance and conduct a Q&A after the September 23 screening of their film.
2017 is the year of Suomi Sata, or Finland 100, the centennial of the nation state of Finland. FinnFest USA, a national organization that celebrates Finland, Finnish Americans and Finnish culture, is bringing the centennial to Minneapolis, partnering with Minnesota Orchestra, the American Swedish Institute, Norway House, Cedar Cultural Center, VocalEssence and the Film Society, to host a series of special events.
All films presented with English subtitles
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
Saturday, September 23, 7:00pm
Director: Peter Rosen | Documentary | 2016 | Country: USA, Finland | Language: English, Finnish
Explore the life of modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen, whose visionary buildings include National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan… read more.
Love and Fury
Saturday, September 23, 4:00pm | Sunday, September 24, 4:00pm
Director: Alli Haapasalo | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Finland | Language: Finnish
In 1980’s Helsinki, a city about to burst with young energy and rebellion, two young writers determined to conquer the world fall madly in love… read more.
Off the Map
Sunday, September 24, 7:00pm | Wednesday, September 27, 7:00pm
Director: Tiina Lymi | Narrative | 2016 | Country: Finland | Language: Finnish
In this action-packed road movie, a journey from Helsinki to Kainuu brings together three strong women from different generations, who, in the Kianuu wilderness, discover solutions to their problems… read more.
Tale of a Lake
Thursday, September 21, 7:00pm | Saturday, September 23, 1:00pm
Director: Marko Röhr, Kim Saarniluoto | Documentary | 2015 | Country: Finland | Language: Finnish
Director Marko Röhr and Cinematographer Teemu Liakka attending 9/23. This cinematic poem about Finland’s natural waters invokes tales based around the myths, legends and old beliefs recorded in Finnish mythology… read more.
Friday, September 22, 7:00pm | Tuesday, September 26, 7:00pm
Director: Samuli Valkama | Narrative | 2017 | Country: Finland | Language: Finnish
Kamal, is a 17-year old boy about to fly to Kenya to meet his father. To finance the ticket he agrees to drive Veikko, his grumpy old neighbor, to his summer house, and encounters a few surprise turns along the way… read more.
General – $10.00
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