The New Film Festival Starts With Love
[THU APR 6; B9; ’Uusi elokuvafestivaali aloittaa rakkaudesta’, Pirjo-Liisa Niinimäki]
The Hitusen hämyä (A Bit of Twilight) festival brings films from six countries to Hämeenlinna.
Kino Tavast, the regional film association of Hämeenlinna, arranges a new film event in late April. The theme of the first Hitusen hämyä festival on April 21.-23. is love. Films from six different countries are shown, with introductive, thematic lectures before each film.
The goal of the weekend-long event is to enrich the film culture of Hämeenlinna, and audiences are expected primarily from the city and its immediate surroundings. The films are shown in the local Bio Rex cinema, in the Kumppanuustalo community center, and in the auditorium of the school of Tuomela.
The event also pays respect to the film history of Hämeenlinna, and especially to Aulanko as a filming location.
However, none of the films shown at this first festival were shot in Hämeenlinna, notes Ulla Lappalainen, member of the festival crew. Though one of the films, Valkoiset ruusut, does feature famous Finnish actor Tauno Paulo, who was born in Hämeenlinna.
The festival program includes love and romance from across 80 years, mainly featuring films that otherwise wouldn’t be shown in cinemas.
On Friday April 21. films for schoolgoers are presented, along with screenings free of charge. In the morning, the family film Rabarber by Mark de Cloe is shown. It has never been shown in Hämeenlinna before.
On Saturday, the day of foreign film, there is a screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) by Jacques Demy, for example. Before the film, lecturer Satu Kyösola from Aalto University introduces the audience to the themes of Demy’s film.
On Sunday, actress Kati Outinen tells about her work with director Aki Kaurismäki on the movie Varjoja paratiisissa, and the production of it. The Jussi Award winner Varjoja paratiisissa ends the festival on Sunday April 23.
According to Lappalainen, the festival has been in planning for a year and a half. Originally, the festival was supposed to be held on three consecutive weekdays, but the organizers finally decided on one weekend in April.
The Kino Tavast festival crew consists of – in addition to Lappalainen – Pekka Rautalahti, Tatu Heinämäki, Anneli Jussila, and Eeva-Liisa Nissinen.
The event is to become an annual festival in Hämeenlinna.
Film festival in Hämeenlinna on April 21.-23.
The full program can be found here: https://hitusenhamya.fi