In March Helsinki Cine Aasia, the only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland, once again brightens Helsinki’s spring with a first-rate selection of the most interesting new films from East and Southeast Asia. The diverse cross-section of popular, praised and topical cinema includes films from Japan, South Korea and China, as well as several smaller film countries. In addition to film screenings, the festival also hosts various discussions related to Asian cultures.
The high-quality selection of films has been carefully chosen for Helsinki Cine Aasia from the most important Asian film festivals and through direct contacts in Asia.
Preparing for this year’s edition, the programme committee has visited Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo FilmEx and South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival.
In order to tune into the festival atmosphere, keep an eye on Helsinki Cine Aasia’s Facebook and Instagram for weekly programme teasers. The full festival lineup for the eighth Helsinki Cine Aasia will be announced on Tuesday February 25th, 2020.
The first film announced from the 2020 selection is Gu Xiaogang’s debut drama Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (Chun jiang shui nuan, 2019). The Chinese film, which got its name and inspiration from Huang Gongwang‘s famous 14th-century scroll painting, ebbs and flows like the river of its setting. The film depicts the lives of a three-generation family in the rapidly changing town of Fuyang during the four seasons of a year.
The cinemas of Helsinki Cine Aasia 2020 are Korjaamo Kino, Kino Regina and Cinema Orion. Tickets can be purchased online from late February/early March onward and during the festival from the cinemas hosting the screenings.