The very first Finnish Film Festival in Singapore took place from October 12th to 15th. This unique event was organized by SuomiFinland100 to celebrate the centennial of independent Finland. The festival programme was curated and screened by The Projector, the leading independent art house cinema in Singapore. Thanks to SF100 and The Projector, Singaporean film lovers got a chance to enjoy a hand-picked selection of the best contemporary Finnish feature films and documentaries.
The festival kicked off on Thursday, 12 October, with the opening ceremony at the presence of Her Excellency Ambassador Paula Parviainen. The distinguished guests, representing the cultural, diplomatic and business lives of Singapore, were invited to watch a subtle coming-of-age story “Little Wing” about precocious teenage girl who looks after her father.
On Friday, the Singaporean audience was mesmerized by “Every Other Couple”, a subtle documentary of three divorcing couples by Mia Halme, one of Finland’s leading documentarists.
On Saturday it was time for another intriguing documentary “Diving into the Unknown” – a story of a life-threatening recovery mission. Saturday evening ended with a Cannes Festival winner “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” – a true happy-go-lucky story about modest Finnish boxer in love. After the Saturday movie night, the audience was invited to dance all night long at the Singapore edition of the feisty We Love Finland Party world tour.
On the last day, the filmaholics of the Little Red Dot were spoilt with two more films. “Tale of a Lake” took the audience on an underwater adventure to the land of a thousand lakes. It opened the eyes for the minimalistic beauty of the nature. After the film, director-producer Marko Röhr was present for a Q&A session with the avid audience. The festival ended on Sunday evening with the “The Fencer” – a touching story of children and Soviet Estonia.
More than 1000 spectators enjoyed a plethora of the very best Finnish cinema during the festival. In addition to the movies, The Projector was invaded by Finnish beers and ciders of Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas, a Candy Kiosk “Karkkikauppa” full of salted liquorice and other Finnish sweets as well as traditional Finnish street food.
We want to take this opportunity to thank The Projector, The Finnish Film Foundation and The Intermission Bar for their great collaborations as well as our great sponsors Tallink Silja, ASSA ABLOY and Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas for making the festival happen!
Photo courtesy of Marica Salokangas.