The 17th Docpoint: Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
January 29-February 5
Over 75 new and recent nonfiction features, in addition to retrospective programming and sorts, screen at this Finnish event.
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS
Among the Finnish productions and co-productions included in the Finnish Premieres and Made with Finns sections are: Markku Heikkinen’s NO ROAD HOME
, which follows the experiences of a longtime Congolese refugee to Finland; Niklas Kullström and Martti Kaartinen’s EASTERN MEMORIES
, which traces the fin de siècle journeys of a Finnish scholar around Mongolia; Kiur Aarma and Raimo Jõerand’s RODEO – TAMING A WILD COUNTRY
, a look back at Estonia’s early days of post-Soviet independence; Marta Prus’ OVER THE LIMIT
, an intimate look at a rhythmic gymnast’s Olympic training; and Simon Lereng Wilmont’s THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS
, following the experiences of a pre-teen near the border of the Ukraine/Russian war.
I AM GARGARIN
Among the thematic sections are Alone Together, which offers: Olga Darfy’s I AM GARGARIN
, a look back at Moscow’s 1990s rave culture; Nitesh Anjaan’s DREAMING MURAKAMI
, an exploration of the work of a Danish translator of the Japanese author; Ross Whitaker’s BETWEEN LAND AND SEA
, about surfing in a small Western Ireland coastal town; and Giovanni Totaro’s HAPPY WINTER
, which looks at the economic crisis through goings on at an Italian beach.
Additional strands include Tough Questions, with Joël Akafou’s VIVRE RICHE
, following Ivory Coast youths who romance European women online for money, and Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal’s IDFA-winner THE DEMINER
, about an Iraqi explosives defuser expert; Millennials, with Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, and Christina Tsiobanelis’ SILVANA
, about a Swedish immigrant pop star’s queer romance; and Award, with Mika Kaurismäki’s RYHMÄTEATTERI
, a profile of a long-running independent Helsinki theatre.