DocPicks: Tips for the beginning of the festival week

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LADY TIME (Neiti Aika), the much awaited film by Elina Talvensaari, opens the 19th DocPoint ­– Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on Monday the 27th January, 2020.

LADY TIME opens the 7-day-festival in Bio Rex, but it’s not the only screening of the opening day. The beautiful Cinema Orion screens DocPoint films all week. They launch the festival with the new Thomas Balmès film located in a Bhutanese village, SING ME A SONG. Orion also screens ANBESSA, which tells a heartwarming story of a 10-year-old Ethiopian boy, who fights his fears and dreams of being a lion (anbessa).

Kinopalatsi theatre launches the festival off with an in-depth look into the world of Japanese anti-racism fighters in COUNTERS and a film about artificial intelligence iHUMAN. HOPE FROZEN tells a story of a Buddhist scientist who decides to cryo-preserve his daughter’s brain in the hope that one day technology will bring her back. The new Sergei Loznitsa film is made of archive materials from Stalin’s funeral, STATE FUNERAL.

Nuno Escudeiro will visit DocPoint with his documentary THE VALLEY, which launches off the festival in Maxim theatre together with the lovely SCHEME BIRDS, a film about the youth of a small British town.

The majority of festival guests will arrive to Helsinki later in the week, but on Tuesday some filmmakers will already be present at the screenings. The Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel stars in ADVOCATE  and will be present at the first screening of the film in Bio Rex alongside the directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche who will also be present at the screening on Friday the 31st January.

Tatsuya Mori the director of I – DOCUMENTARY OF THE JOURNALIST and Atshuhi Kasezawa (A STEP FORWARD) will arrive in Helsinki from Japan. Both will be present at the screenings on Tuesday the 28th.

In addition to film screenings, the festival has a a wide range of other events from masterclasses to timely discussions and clubs.

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