18th DocPoint – the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival is held from January 28th to February 3rd, 2019. The seven-day festival will bring over a hundred quality documentaries to the silver screens of Helsinki as well as international filmmaker guests and discussions on burning issues.
One of the most talked about nonfiction films of the year is GENESIS 2.0 by Oscar nominated director Christian Frei (War Photographer) and co-director Maxim Arbugaev. The Sundance winner takes DocPoint audiences to the northernmost corner of Siberia and to the front lines of genetic science and the efforts to realise an Arctic spin on Jurassic Park – this time with mammoths.
Hao Wu’s documentary PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE proves that oftentimes truth is stranger than fiction. It is a film about social media superstars, who’ve risen from isolation to fame and fortune in China. The darker side of fame includes 20-hour live broadcasts, ruthless comments and plastic surgery.
One of the main themes of the 2019 edition of DocPoint is nature and forests, in particular. Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s film ACID FOREST takes us to the Curonian Spit, where cormorants have destroyed a large part of the forest. Now tourists travel to witness the apocalyptic scene. The theme is also represented by THE TIME OF FORESTS and WALDEN, two films that show the downsides of the forest industry.
DON’T BE A DICK ABOUT IT by Benjamin Mullinkosson is an endearing film about two red-headed brothers who love each other, but who are also constantly at each other’s throats. The film won the VPRO IDFA Audience Award, the grand public prize of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November. Another festival favourite is LOS REYES, which follows the life of two stray dogs living in a skate park in Chile. Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s film won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary.
Robert Greene’s documentary film BISBEE ’17 follows characters in Bisbee, Arizona as they struggle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the controversial Bisbee Deportation, where 1200 striking miners were violently exiled from town. The film arrives in Helsinki by the way of Sundance, Sydney and London.
Documentary films in 48 hours
Uneton48 Docs challenges filmmakers to make a documentary short film in 48 hours. Every film completed during 48 hours will be screened at DocPoint on February 2nd, 2019. The jury’s favourite films will also be distributed by Helsingin Sanomat. Register now for the challenge at unetondocs.com.
The majestic Korjaamo Kino Bio Rex will be the main venue of DocPoint. In addition, the festival will take over the screens of Andorra, Kinopalatsi, Maxim, Savoy Theatre and Kiasma as well as the brand new cinemas Kino Regina and Finnkino Itis.
DocPoint’s full programme will be revealed and ticket sales will kick off on January 3rd, 2019. Stay tuned!