Opening with the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love), Espoo Ciné International Film Festival once again offers a wide range of memorable films for a week at the end of August. Held at Tapiola, Espoo kulttuurikeskus, Kino Tapiola and Bio Rex Sello in Leppävaara, this year’s festival focuses on cinematic output from Germany, France, Denmark and Spain, with a series of gay-themed films to be found in the Pink Zone

Drawing on different elements of German reunification, the three 90-minute films of writer-directors, Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler make up Dreileben (Three Lives), one of the most talked about German offerings in recent times.

From France, viewers can enjoy Poulet prunes (Chicken with Plums) or actress Sylvie Testud’s La Vie d’une autre (Another Woman’s Life), starring Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Kassovitz.

Elsewhere, Polish Agnieszka Holland’s award-winning W ciemności (In Darkness) will be screening, along with a contingent of local films which includes comedy 3Simoa, about a pair of petty thieves who have a dream to open a bar in Thailand.

Espoo Ciné
International Film Festival
17-26 August

Meanwhile, Anton Corbijn Inside Out sees the famous Dutch photographer/filmmaker opening up about what makes him tick, and click, offering viewers a glimpse of photoshoots with the likes of U2, Lou Reed and Metallica.

More info and updated programme to be published over the summer.