Tampere Film Festival takes over the city for five days. This year’s programme includes, in addition to the national and international competitions, films from Nepal, Portugal and Estonia. Festival’s retrospective stars are Saara Cantell, Russian documentarist Alina Rudnitskaya and Austrian experimental filmmaker Mara Mattuschka. Another Austrian guest, a lauded documentarist Michael Glawogger presents his documentary trilogy on globalization, that is screened in Finland in its entirety for the first time. Glawogger, as well as Saara Cantell, are also members of the international jury.
The opening screening at Tullikamari at 6 pm showcases a cross section of this year’s festival programme and a live sand animation performance by Ferenc Cakó. The opening party continues at Klubi at 10 pm with music by DJ Kuhnafar-I and UTU.
Wednesday ushers in the first screenings from the special programmes Anit Prop, EFA, Estonia, Mental Nord, Nepal and Mara Mattuschka. EFA presents the best European short films of last year, and Mental Nord examines the Nordic state of mind. The Nepal programme begins with a feature-length documentary The Sari Soldiers (2008), a story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of the civil war. Wednesday evening treats documentary enthusiasts also with a feature-lenght music documentary. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010) tells the story of musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.
The Anit Prop screening is presented by Ulrich Wegenast, the curator of the programme that introduces the audience to German animated propaganda from 1917 till today. The Estonia 1 screening consists of original Soviet Estonian commercial films, whose legendary director Harry Egipt will be present. Fresh Finnish animation can be savoured in the FestArt: Animoi! exhibition at TR1 Kunsthalle during the whole festival.
The advance sale of tickets has been busy. The Punk Syndrome (2012), a documentary about a punk band called Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi leads the field. The film has its premiere in Tampere and it is nominated in the national competition in the category for over 30-minute films. The audience has also shown interest in the Carte Blanche screening put together by Saara Cantell, the screenings for the awarded films, National Competition 8, and the Danish silent film, an early sci-fi classic Himmelskibet (1918) accompanied by Pulse.
Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Festival Director, festdirector (at) tff.fi
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