The annual film festival showcasing Finnish contemporary cinema La Finlande en 3 films will take place 30 Septembre-2 October at the Reflet Médicis movie theatre in the Latin Quarter of Paris. This year’s programme features three Finnish films all released in 2020 and 2021: Maija Isola, Fucking With Nobody and The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic. The festival is a long-term collaboration between the Finnish Film Foundation, Reflet Medicis, Dulac Cinémas and the organiser/producer of the event, Irmeli Debarle.
In this year’s programme:
- Friday 30 September at 8pm
Leena Kilpeläinen: Maija Isola
2021, French subtitles, 96’
This documentary tells the story of Maija Isola, a designer who worked for 38 years at Marimekko, a Finnish brand known internationally for its colourful and original prints. With this full-length documentary, director Leena Kilpeläinen explores the story, values and legacy of this extraordinary artist.
Leena Kilpeläinen is a screenwriter, cinematographer and director. Maija Isola is her second documentary and was part of the official selection of the 40th International Festival of Films on Art.
- Saturday 1 October at 8pm
Hannaleena Hauru: Fucking With Nobody,
2020, French subtitles, 102’
Hanna is a film director. She loses her dream job to her rival Kristian who is more popular, and not single. Thus, she decides to portray a parody romance on Instagram to question the image one offers to society. This fake romance will have unexpected effects.
Fucking With Nobody premiered 7 September 2020 at the 77th Venice International Film Festival as part of the Biennale College-Cinema Programme, and has since been presented at the official selection on SXSW Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
- Sunday 2 October at 8pm
Teemu Nikki: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (Sokea mies joka ei halunnut nähdä Titanicia)
2021, French subtitles, 82’
Jaakko and Sirpa talk everyday, without having ever met in real life. When Sirpa announces that her health is declining, Jaakko, who is blind and paralysed up to his chest, decides to go see her and embarks on an audacious journey.
Teemu Nikki is a screenwriter, director and producer. His film The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic was awarded the Orizzonti Extra prize at the Venice International Film Festival in 2021, whose winner is chosen by the public.
All screenings start at 8 pm at the cinema Reflet Médicis, 3 rue Champollion, 75005 Paris.