The opening film of the year 2024 is Only the River Flows

The opening film of the 2024 Helsinki Cine Aasia is Wei Shujun’s Only the River Flows. This tense and atmospheric neo-noir thriller, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2023, follows a police chief’s murder mystery investigation. The rural China of the 1990s provides an excellent backdrop for unexpected twists in the chief’s deepening investigation.

The film is based on the short story “Mistakes by the River” by Yu Hua, one of the leading names in contemporary Chinese literature. Wei Shujun’s latest work, known from previous Helsinki Cine Asia festivals, creates a captivating cinematic experience that you won’t want to miss!

The full festival program will be announced on February 26th.