Last minute recommendations from our team!

Too many interesting movies and too little time? So many good films in the programme that it is impossible to choose? Our festival team is here to help you!

Eija, artistic director

Your Lovely Smile tells us a story between documentary and fiction – of an indie movie director who tries to get his career running and his films screened in movie theaters.  The leading role is played by Hirobumi Watanabe who has visted Helsinki Cine Aasia previously. “


Thu 16.3. at 17:45 Kinopalatsi 10

Sat 18.3. at 21:30 Kinopalatsi 10

”Japanese December is thematically close to the Finnish Kaija Saariahos and Sofi Oksanens modern opera Innocence: an old school shooting incident comes under scrutiny.”


Thu 16.3. at 19:45 Kinopalatsi 10

Sun 19.3. at 15:30 Kinopalatsi 10


Jenni, executive director

Stone Turtle is a visually stunning combination of triller, otherworldly elements and societal critique. Strong women in a very new  setting. An impressive film!”


Sat 18.3. at 17:00 Cinema Orion

Sun 19.3. at 17:00 Cinema Orion

”Indonesian Autobiography has been rightfully awarded at several festivals. The past military junta and its effects on modern day society are the heart of this drama that explores new paths. The viewer is invited to an intense journey!”


Fri 17.3. at 21:30 Kinopalatsi 9

Sun 18.3. at 19:15 Kinopalatsi 10


Joonas, publicist

Return to Seoul The hypnotic role played by Park Ji-Min throws the viewer into a whirlwind of emotions. Freddie is a chararacter that makes you cry, makes you hate her and also evokes questions that can haunt you for days. The theme of the film is not a new one: identity searching has been made into a film many times before. But this time you are going to view something totally different.”

Thu 16.3. at 17.30 Cinema Orion

Johanna, publicist

“ Part of the selection for Cannes La Semaine de la Critique, The Next Sohee is a thought-provoking film of a young high school student, who starts working in a call center and meets her destiny in a tragic accident. The film is a strong outcry against unequality in the Korean society.


Fri 17.3. klo 19:00 Kinopalatsi 9

Sun 19.3. klo 13:15 Kinopalatsi 9

“I also recommend  I am what I am. This is an unforgettable story of Kasumi, who doesn’t believe in romantic love. The film questions the traditional place of women in society and asks what could 21st century Japan be without these gender roles.”

Muru, executive producer

“I was enchanted by I am what I am during Busan International Film Festival. Toko Miura, who plays the role of Kasumi, does a magnificent role. The film takes the viewer to a journey that sheds light on asexuality and intergenerational gaps in Japan. A strong recommendation for anyone who has felt like an outsider at least once in their life.”

Fri 17.3. at 16:45 Kinopalatsi 9

Sat 18.3. at 16:30 Kinopalatsi 9