In less than two weeks, on October 19, starts the 13th edition of the Latin American Film Festival, Cinemaissí, in Helsinki. Similarly to previous years, the festival will be screening more than 50 films from 16 different countries. This year the festival's objective is to work on the concept of transculturality. Transculturality is understood as hybridisation, permeability, continous encounter of different cultures, coexistence with other people and the results of these processes.
This year the opening film of the festival is from Argentina. The Distinguished Citizen, directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (2016), won more than 22 awards in the last year and will be screened in Helsinki for the first time on Thursday, October 19 at 9 pm in Andorra.
Other Argentine films screened at this years Cinemaissí are:
- Tango Suomi by Gabriela Aparici (2016)
- The Human Surge by Eduardo Williams (2016)
- Neruda by Pablo Larraín (2016)
The following Argentine short films will also be screened at the festival:
- A History of Sheep by Ezequiel Vega (2016)
- Coming Back by Mara Pescio (2015)
- Fabrizio's Initiation by Mariano Biasin (2015)
The complete programme of Cinemaissí is available at the festival's website.
A few days before the start of the festival, on Monday October 16, Cinemaissí organises a special event called "Varaslähtö Cinemaissiin" in the Sello library, in Espoo. As part of the program, the Argentine-Finnish-German cooproduction "Midsummer Night's Tango", by Viviane Blumenschein (2013) will be screened. The documentary tells the story of three Argentine tango musicians who travel to Finland to learn about the origins of tango. The full program of "Pre-Cinemaissí" can be found at the event page on facebook.