Kino Regina and Helsinki Cine Aasia present: Naoko Ogigami retrospective

 

Kino Regina and Helsinki Cine Aasia in cooperation present a seven-film retrospective from the Japanese director Naoko Ogigami between 20th February and 23rd March 2019. Ogigami, who is one of the best known contemporary Japanese film directors, will also be present at Kino Regina on Saturday 23rd of February where the entire day is dedicated to her films and related discussions. Some of the discussions will be led by Helsinki Cine Aasia programming director Eija Niskanen.

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Helsinki Cine Aasia 2019 opening film is Shuichi Okita’s Mori, The Artist’s Habitat

 

Helsinki Cine Aasia’s 2019 opening film is the warm-hearted drama, Mori, The Artist’s Habitat (モリのいる場所, 2018) by the Japanese director, Shuichi Okita. Shuichi Okita will also be visiting Helsinki Cine Aasia and be present in the screenings of his film.

Shuichi Okita is known for his portrayals of ordinary, yet in their own way, special characters. This time, the subject under his observation is the highly-regarded, late artist Morikazu Kumagai on whom the main character in Mori, The Artist’s Habitat is based.

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Volunteer for Helsinki Cine Aasia 2019?

 

The seventh Helsinki Cine Aasia celebrates Asian cinema from 14th to 17th March 2019. We are currently looking for volunteers to help organize the festival. Volunteers’ tasks range from distribution of the festival poster to customer service. Some of the work takes place already in February before the festival starts.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please fill in the volunteer application form by 10th February so we will have time to consider it when forming the team. We are looking forward to hearing from both experienced festival volunteers as well as super-duper first-timers.

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The seventh Helsinki Cine Aasia takes place from 14th to 17th March 2019!

 

The only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland, Helsinki Cine Aasia, will take place again from 14th to 17th March 2019. The festival offers the most talked about and the most viewed, the most sparkling and the most subtle films of the moment from East and Southeast Asia, and opens a window to current Asian film culture.

A varied and high-quality selection of films has been carefully chosen for the Helsinki Cine Aasia programme from the most important Asian film festivals and through direct contacts in Asia.

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Helsinki Cine Aasia thank yous and acknowledgements

 

The only festival of contemporary Asian cinema in Finland, Helsinki Cine Aasia, drew to a close on Sunday. This year’s festival equalled its visitor record, drawing 1 800 film-goers in total. 23 films from 10 countries were shown at the four-day festival in a total of 34 screenings.

One of the most popular films at the festival was The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala, 2017) by Kamila Andini who also visited the festival. Japanese films The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin, 2017), The Mohican Comes Home (Mohican kokyo ni kaeru, 2016) and We Make Antiques! (Uso happyaku, 2018) were also film-goers’ favourites. A total of 20 films premiered in Finland at the festival.

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An interview with director Kamila Andini

 

Kamila Andini’s enchanting film The Seen and Unseen opened Helsinki Cine Aasia on Thursday 15th March. We spoke to the director about her sources of inspiration, influences and future plans, and asked her for recommendations from the Helsinki Cine Aasia programme. Andini is currently visiting the festival and will be attending the second screening of her film at Helsinki Cine Aasia on Saturday 17th March. After the screening, she will discuss film and film-making with Ulla Heikkilä from Women in Film and Television Finland.

What inspired you to make The Seen and Unseen?

I started working on The Seen and Unseen right after I had finished working on my first feature, The Mirror Never Lies. In my second film, I wanted to explore who I am as an Indonesian and how we are connected to each other and to the universe.

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