DocPoint starts today! Oscar winners and top international documentaries are on the menu

LADY TIME (Neiti Aika), the much awaited film by Elina Talvensaari, opens the 19th DocPoint ­– Helsinki Documentary Film Festival today. The seven-day event brings over 100 topical documentary films from both Finland and abroad to Helsinki. In addition to screenings, the festival follows its traditions by offering a wide range of other events, including Masterclasses, clubs and discussions.

The DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (January 27 to February 2, 2020) welcomes a diverse group of acclaimed documentarists to Helsinki. The festival will host open Masterclass events by Mehrdad Oskouei (SUNLESS SHADOWS), who is one of Iran’s most esteemed documentarists, and by renowned Danish director Eva Mulvad (LOVE CHILD). Helsinki and Berlin-based filmmaker Nina Ijäs will present the Thai film HOPE FROZEN, which she has written and edited. In this film a grieving family finds a rather disconcerting solution to their sorrow with the aid of cryonics. Other Q&A sessions include, for instance, those with Kurdish director Rûken Tekeş (AETHER), who deals with human and animal rights in both her films and her work as a human rights specialist, and with Emma Tusell, whose film VIDEO BLUES is a mysterious journey into the director’s own childhood. The film will have its international premiere at the DocPoint festival.

Audience favourites

Audience favourites at this year’s DocPoint festival include Feras Fayyad’s THE CAVE, which is a current Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, and two new Finnish releases: KELET (directed by Susani Mahadura) and SILICON VALLEY, BABY. (directed by Erika Haavisto). Due to great demand, there will be additional screenings of these popular films during the festival.

Members of the DocPoint audience are invited to vote for their favourite film from the Finnish selection during the festival week. The winner of the Audience Favourite Award receives a sum of 2,000€ sponsored by Angel Films. The Critic’s Choice Award is presented this year by journalist and filmmaker Nick Holdsworth. The winners will be announced on the DocPoint website on Saturday, February 1st at 8 pm, and the audience favourite will have an extra screening on Sunday, February 2 at 3.30 pm at Maxim.