Acclaimed Documentary Filmmakers as Guests at DocPoint (2019)

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (28.1.–3.2.) welcomes a number of masters of documentary filmmaking as well as young debutant directors to Helsinki. In addition to interesting Finnish filmmakers, more than 20 international director guests present their work at festival screenings. At festival’s side events the films will be explored further in Masterclasses and seminars – and live music enjoyed at the festival club.

DocPoint’s renowned guests include, among others, two of the leading names in Russian documentary filmmaking, Vitali Manski and Viktor Kossakovski, as well as the veteran French director Claire Simon. One of the most acclaimed Czech documentary directors, Helena Třeštíková is the festival’s honorary retrospective guest.

Masterclasses will be given by Helena Třeštíková, Claire Simon and Shaheen Dill-Riaz, whose BAMBOO STORIES will get its world premier at DocPoint.

The distinguished Japanese director Shinichi Ise comes to DocPoint with an intimate family depiction. At the centre of HOME, SWEET HOME is the director’s niece Nao, whose development the director has filmed for 35 years, since 1983.

Cameroon-born Rosine Mbakam presents the DocPoint audience her second feature-length film CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE. The film is set in the African Quarter of Brussels, and in the hair salon run by Cameroonian Sabine, where continents meet and communality blossoms.

The Danish director and artist Lasse Lau’s new film THE RAVEN AND THE SEAGULL is a depiction of the relationship between Greenland and Denmark, still affected by the weight of colonialism.

The Apollo Lifetime Award 2019 is awarded to Marita Hällfors, the first cinematographer to receive the award. Hällfors will receive the award at the festival opening screening on Monday the 28th of January. The Apollo Seminar takes place on Wednesday the 30th of January at 4pm–6pm in Maijansali at Helsinki Central Library Oodi.

Following the screening of their films, the directors from the Finnish Premiers series and the New Finnish Visions series will also take questions from the festival audience. Participating in the Q&A sessions are, for example, the director of the opening film Reetta Huhtanen (GODS OF MOLENBEEK), Arthur Franck and Oskar Forstén (THE HYPNOTIST), Minna Långström (THE OTHER SIDE OF MARS), Vilja Autiokyrö and Katri Myllyniemi (RIDE OF PASSAGE) and Laura Mendelin (THE WILD SWANS).

Read more about the festival guests.

Discussions, Seminar and the DocPoint Club Night.

As well as the Masterclasses and Q&A events, filmmakers can be met at Meet the Makers events on Wednesday the 30th and on Saturday February the 2nd. The seminar organised by the Finnish Critics’ Association’s (SARV) examines the current state of film criticism.

The festival audience are in for a treat on Friday the 1st of February when Cleaning Women bring their avant-garde sounds to the Dubrovnik. The cult band, who are releasing their new record on the 18th of January, combine in their music cinematic sci-fi Western influences and sparkling rubbish skip disco. Tickets here for the DocPoint Club night. Doors are at 10pm! Find out more about side events at the festival.