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Danish actor Pilou Asbæk will receive the first Nordic Flair Award at the 30th HIFF. The award ceremony will take place at a public event organised by the HIFF and Yle. Asbæk will be seen in 2018 in Finnish director Arto Halonen’s new film.
HIFF and Finnish Film Affair will award the Danish actor Pilou Asbæk with the Nordic Flair Award on September 21st. The award serves as a recognition of Asbæk’s brave role choices and his internationally renowned career.
The Nordic Flair Award is given to a person working in the film industry whilst boosting Nordic talent internationally.
The award will be given at a public event In Spotlight: Pilou Asbæk where JP Pulkkinen will interview Asbæk about his career in film and television. The event will take place on September 21st at 5pm at Kulttuuriareena Gloria. It will be streamed live at Yle Areena. Tickets to the event can be bought from the festival’s ticket offices starting Monday, September 11th.
Pilou Asbæk’s acting talent can be witnessed next March in Arto Halonen‘s new film The Guardian Angel. Asbæk is known for his roles in the tv series Game of Thrones (2016–) and Borgen (2010–2013). In addition, he has had important roles in many films, among them A War (HIFF 2016), Ben-Hur (2016) and Ghost in the Shell (2017).
Finnish Film Affair (September 19th–21st) is HIFF’s industry sidebar. For the first time the FFA organises this year a side event, the Nordic Flair, which focuses on bringing together Nordic filmmakers and international film professionals.
Finland’s biggest film festival Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy takes over the silver screens of Helsinki for the 30th time on September 14th–24th.
The Guardian Angel will have its premiere on March 9th 2018.

Press release

To be published 8.2.2017

 

Arto Halonen, known for his films Princess and A Patriotic Man, is directing a Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production The Guardian Angel starring a cast of international actors. The male lead is played by Pilou Asbæk, an internationally rising star appearing in the sixth and the up-coming seventh season of Game of Thrones, who made his breakthrough in the critically acclaimed television series Borgen. Other significant roles are portrayed by Josh Lucas, Rade Šerbedžija, Sara Soulié, Cyron Melville, Johannes Lassen and Christopher Fulford.

Josh Lucas is an American actor known for his supporting role in the four-time Academy Award winner A Beautiful Mind, the male lead in the audience hit film Sweet Home Alabama, as well as several other internationally successful Hollywood productions. Rade Šerbedžija, the most famous actor in the Balkan area, made his breakthrough in Milčo Mančevski’s Oscar-nominated film Before the Rain, and has since then played a number of roles in several internationally successful films, such as Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick. Sara Soulié is a Finnish-Danish actress with a background in Finnish films and television series, including The Nymphs. Cyron Melville is known for the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair and Johannes Lassen for his role in the historical drama series 1864. Christopher Fulford has a reputation as the stronghold of British crime drama series, such as A Touch of Frost and Inspector Morse.

The Guardian Angel, written by Halonen, is a psychological thriller based on a true story of a man who used hypnosis to turn another man into robber and a killer in Copenhagen in the 1950s. The story follows the incredible investigation of these crimes as a young police becomes obsessed with catching the psychological manipulator, in a battle of minds and wills.

The artistic crew consist of several experienced professionals, with Pini Hellstedt as the director of photography, Jussi Rautaniemi as the editor, Tuomas Kantelinen as the composer and Kirka Sainio as the sound designer. The production designer is Søren Schwartzberg. The film is a Finnish-Danish-Croation co-production. The main producer is Arto Halonen and Art Films production, and the film is co-produced by Timo T. Lahtinen’s Smile Entertainment and Igor A. Nola’s MP Films. Halonen and Nola have previously joined forces working with A Patriotic Man and The Liberation of Skopje directed by Rade Šerbedžija.

The Guardian Angel is currently being filmed in Croatia and is set to have its’ premiere in February 2018. The Scandinavian distributor is Scanbox.

 

Links to the film’s Facebook-page and the production companies’ websites:

The Guardian Angel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theguardianangelfilm

Art Films production AFP Ltd: http://www.artfilmsproduction.com/fi/

Smile Entertainment: http://smile.dk/#/home

MP Films: http://www.mp-films.com/

 

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White Rage has been granted the Green Rose award at Jaipur International Film Festival. The criteria for the awarded film was “film that gives a global message”. White Rage, which puts school bullying and school shootings into juxtaposition, was competing in the category of Feature Documentaries.

 

The 9th Jaipur International Film Festival was organised in Jaipur, India on January 7th-11th. It is the world’s fastest growing film festival and during the past few years, it has received entries from over a hundred different countries.

 

White Rage has continued to impress on the festival circuit for over a year now. The tour has included the highly considered Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, One World Film Festival, Beirut Karama Human Rights Festival and Reykjavik International Film Festival, amongst others. At Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival in Warsaw, Halonen received a special mention for the film in the new Fiction / Non-Fiction category.

 

White Rage was premiered as the opening film of the Finnish Rokumentti film festival in November, after which it was released to wide theatrical distribution. As part of a school campaign, created in collaboration with the Finnish Association for Mental Health and Koulukino ry, the film has also been screened to a number of students all over Finland. The film achieved to raise discussion and awareness about its theme, and also contributed to initiating a legislation bill that aims to prevent school bullying.

 

The international distribution and sales agent for White Rage is the Swiss First Hand Films, which is one of the most distinguished European documentary film distributors. The film’s crew includes Peter Flinckenberg and Mika Orasmaa as the cinematographers, Kirka Sainio as the sound designer and composer, as well as Otto Heikola and Arto Halonen as the editors.

 

Please find below the links to websites for the international distributor and the festivals:

Jaipur International Film Festival: http://www.jiffindia.org

White Rage Web Page: http://www.whiterage.fi

White Rage Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/valkoinenraivo/

First Hand Films: http://www.firsthandfilms.com/#new-films

 

DOKKINO, founded by Arto Halonen, receives the State Prize for Children’s Culture
17.11.2016


The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has granted the State Prize for Children’s Culture to DOKKINO, which operates within DocPoint Film Festival. In its release, the ministry notes that after 15 years of diligent work DOKKINO has become the biggest documentary film event for children and youth in Europe. The festival now reaches up to 17 000 children and adolescents in 18 localities.

DOKKINO has established its own film categories for both elementary and middle schoolers. Through documentary films, the youth get to travel to different places and gain knowledge on cultural diversity. Subsequently, the festival idea and its model as a media educator have been reproduced in other European countries as well.

Being the founder and the first festival director of DocPoint, Arto Halonen took the initiative and developed the idea for children’s section of the festival in 2002.  No sooner said than done, DOKKINO launched as a side program event to the festival already in 2003, the year being only the second time the entire festival took place. The objective was to bring forth media education as an important component of the festival. Alongside regular screenings, DOKKINO has held film workshops for school pupils. In the workshops that have been running since the very first DOKKINO, the pupils get to realize their own films with the supervision from professionals in the field. The first workshop was taught by Axa Sorjanen, who was followed by other highly considered filmmakers during the next years. Already in 2004, a selection of the short films made in the workshop was broadcasted by YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

Kirsi Hatara, who started out as a production trainee for the festival, became the first producer of the whole DOKKINO when the event continued growing. The meritorious work done by Hatara and her successors have resulted in DOKKINO developing yet further.

The Liberation of Skopje selected as the Macedonian entry for the Oscars
27.09.2016

 

The Liberation of Skopje, a Macedonian-Croatian-Finnish feature film co-produced by Art Films production and Arto Halonen, has been selected as the Macedonian entry for the Oscars. The film is directed by a Croatian-born and famous Hollywood star, Rade Šerbedžija (for instance Mission Impossible II, Eyes Wide Shut and Before the Rain). Šerbedžija is directing the film with his filmmaker son Danilo Šerbedžija whose movie 72 Days (Sedamdeset I dva dana) was Croatian Oscar-nominee in 2012. Rade Šerbedžija, who is also seen in one of the leading roles of The Liberation of Skopje, will likewise star in Art Films production’s current work in progress, The Guardian Angel.

 

The film is an adaptation of Dušan Jovanović's famous and popular theater play. The story is set in World War II-era Skopje, in Macedonia, when it was occupied by German and Bulgarian troops. The story and the cruelty of war, the poverty, suffering and the occupation of Skopje is seen through an eight-year old boy Zoran's eyes. Zoran's father is a member of the partisan forces, while Zoran's mother Lica gets involved in a love affair with a German officer Hans. This love triangle fuels the tragic events.

 

The Finnish actors Mikko Nousiainen, Jari Virman and Antti Luusuaniemi are playing the roles of German officers, Nousiainen doing one of the leading roles in the film. One of the two composers of the movie is Tuomas Kantelinen, and the sound designer is Kirka Sainio. Additionally, The Finnish Film Foundation and The Finnish Broadcasting company participated in the financing of the film, which will premiere in Finland in October 2016.

Princess Coming to Cinemas in France
23.08.2016

 

Princess (2010), directed by Arto Halonen, will have theatrical distribution in France the coming autumn. The French Aramis Films obtained the rights for distribution of the film already in 2012. ”Princess is a Finnish film starring Finnish actors, yet touching people universally regardless of their culture. I believe that the French audience, too, will be moved by the exceptional humanity of the film”, states Marc-André Grynbaum, the director of distribution at Aramis Films. Princess will be screened with 40 copies in over 60 theaters around the country. In Paris, Princess opens at least in three cinemas.

 

Princess tells the true story of a former cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen's redemptive struggle with insanity. She checked in to Finland's Kellokoski Psychiatric Hospital in 1945, and ended up spending there 50 years of her life. The film that stars the cream of Finland’s leading actors, was the fiction film debut of Arto Halonen. It gained a lot of attention and was awarded at festivals around the world. Amongst others, it was selected as the best film in South Africa’s Cape Wineland’s Film Festival and the Teaneck Film Festival in the US. It received special mentions in Festroia Film Festival in Portugal and Viareggio Film Festival in Italy, and at Tallinn Black Nights, Princess’s leading actress Katja Küttner received the prize for the best performance.


Please find below the links to the French distributor’s website and the film’s website.
Aramis Films: http://www.aramisfilms.fr/
The film’s website: https://www.princessthemovie2010.com
The film’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Prinsessa-elokuva-111326815573544/

 

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Director Arto Halonen is going to be one of the main guests at HamLit, a new literature and music festival held in the city of Hamina on Saturday, 27th of August 2016. Second main guest is Riku Rantala, known for the documentary film series Docventures. The entire programme of the event is going to be published in week 33.

For more information about HamLit, go to the Facebook-page:     https://www.facebook.com/HamLit2016/

Press release 22.5.2016 / Updated 15.7.2016

 

Arto Halonen’s White Rage was awarded at Millennium Docs Against Gravity film festival in Warsaw on Saturday. Millennium Docs Against Gravity, held for the 13th time this year, is one of the most distinguished documentary film festivals in Europe, attended by over 40 000 people in 2015.

White Rage was awarded in the new competition section called Fiction Non Fiction, which was introduced to honor the best films bordering between two genres, fiction and documentary. 11 films were nominated in the category, two of which were awarded. The jury members Monika Braid, Piotr Stasik and Marcin Kot Bastkowski gave the main award to the film Olmo and the Seagull, directed by Petra Costa and Lei Glob, and a special mention was given to Halonen’s White Rage. The jury members described the film as “an electrifying journey to the sources of anger, and a terrifying warning of the consequences of rage”.

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White Rage continues its international festival circulation to Karama Human Rights film festival, held in Beirut at the end of July. The film is to be screened as the closing film of the festival. Karama Human Rights film festival was first founded in Jordan and this will be the first time the festival takes place in Beirut. Earlier in June, White Rage had screenings at Doc/Fest film festival, held in Sheffield in 10.-15.6.2016. Doc/Fest is the leading documentary film festival in the UK, and along with Millennium Docs Against Gravity, it is also one of the most significant festivals in Europe.

White Rage was premiered as the opening film of the Finnish Rokumentti film festival in November, after which it was released to wide theatrical distribution. As part of a school campaign, created in collaboration with the Finnish Association for Mental Health and Koulukino ry, the film has also been screened to a number of students all over Finland.

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The international distribution and sales agent for White Rage is the Swiss First Hand Films, which is one of the most distinguished European documentary film distributors. The film’s crew includes Peter Flinckenberg and Mika Orasmaa as the cinematographers, Kirka Sainio as the sound designer and composer, as well as Otto Heikola and Arto Halonen as the editors.

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Below you will find the links to websites for the film, the international distributor and the festivals:

White Rage homepage: http://www.whiterage.fi/

White Rage Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/valkoinenraivo

First Hand Films: http://www.firsthandfilms.com/#new-films

Millennium Docs Against Gravity: http://docsag.pl/en/

Millennium Docs Against Gravity festival winners 2016: http://docsag.pl/en/winners-of-the-13th-millenium-docs-against-gravity-film-festival/?dist=warszawa

Doc/Fest: https://sheffdocfest.com/

Karama Human Right Film Festival: http://www.karamafestival.org/en/

Karama Human Right Film Festival in Beirut: http://arabfilmnetwork.com/en/Page/1030/Karama%20Beirut%20Human%20Rights%20Film%20Festival%20%20The%20Others

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The festival winners' and festival directors' group picture.

Press release

To be published 6.5.2016

Director Arto Halonen’s White Rage, telling the story of Lauri who planned to commit a massacre at school, is continuing its international festival circulation during May and June.

The film was first screened outside of Finland at One World festival in Prague as well as at  Thessaloniki International Film Festival in March. The film has been selected for the programme of Millennium Against Docs documentary film festival, taking place 13.–22. May 2016. Millennium Against Docs is the biggest documentary film festival in Poland and the third most popular in Europe, attended by over 40 000 people in 2015. It is also the only festival presenting screenings in several different cities throughout the country during the event. White Rage is to be screened in Warsaw.

 

After this the film continues its journey to the British Doc/Fest -festival held in Sheffield in 10.–15.6.2016. Doc/Fest is the leading documentary film festival in the UK and it gathers over 30 000 festival goers on an annual basis. Along with Millennium Docs Against Gravity, One World and Thessaloniki film festivals it is also one of the most leading documentary film festivals in the world.

White Rage was premiered as the opening film of the Finnish Rokumentti film festival in November, after which it was released to wide theatrical distribution. As part of a school campaign, created in collaboration with the Finnish Association for Mental Health and Koulukino ry, the film has also been screened to a number of students all over Finland.

 

The international distribution and sales agent for White Rage is the Swiss First Hand Films, which is one of the most distinguished European documentary film distributors. The film crew includes Peter Flinckenberg and Mika Orasmaa as the cinematographers, Kirka Sainio as the sound designer and composer, as well as Otto Heikola and Arto Halonen as the editors

 

Below you will also find the links to the international distributor and the festivals:

 

First Hand Films: http://www.firsthandfilms.com/#new-films

Millennium Docs Against Gravity: http://docsag.pl/en/

Doc/Fest: https://sheffdocfest.com/

Arts Promotion Centre Finland has allocated quality support for the film White Rage. On giving reason for the decision the council wrote: "An ambitiously made film describes meritoriously how violence can create violence."

Arto Halonen’s film White Rage has been selected to two important European documentary film festivals.

Rokumentti Film Festival has selected White Rage as its opening film. This will also be the film's world premiere. The screening will take place on November 11th 2015 in Joensuu and the director Arto Halonen is also present.

The film is about a white rage, which may lead to school shootings, and also about our society that doesn’t have sufficient understanding to address the emergence of violence.

Rokumentti festival used to mainly focus on musical films, and was founded in 2005. The festival has grown rapidly and it has been confirmed as one of the most significant Finnish film festivals. In 2014, the festival had 3000 viewers in the cinema screenings. The festival programme has expanded from musical films to also current and politically important documentary films.

More information about the festival: http://www.rokumentti.com/2015/english/

 

White Rage - website: http://www.whiterage.fi/

This is the story of Lauri, and through him the story of other victims of both school bullying and a separate childhood trauma: victims full of white rage, which may lead to school shootings and other extreme acts of violence. The film is also about our society: a society without sufficient understanding or desire to address the emergence of school violence. Lauri has proceeded on his career in psychology, become successful and reached a significant position. Yet when he was growing up he experienced extreme bullying. At two points – as a teen and again as a university student – he began to develop serious fantasies about committing mass murder. The documentary goes through Lauri's life journey; how he became a carrier of white rage and how he survived this heavy burden by recognizing it and taking to action.

The Documentary Film Festival DocsDF in Mexico City has chosen 29 best documentaries which have been screened in its 10-year history. Shadow of the Holy Book, directed by Arto Halonen is in the section of the”The best films DocsDF has screened”. The festival is the most significant documentary film festivals in Mexico and one of the leading festivals on its field. It will be organized this year on the 15th April – 24th April 2015.

Shadow of the Holy Books renowned history

Shadow of the Holy Book has got one of the widest international distributions among the Finnish films ever. It highlighted the immorality of the internationals companies and how they secretly supported the dictatorship of the gas-rich Turkmenistan rand at the same time helping to hide human rights violation. All in the name of the profit and greed

In the film they travel with a lawyer/reporter Kevin Franzier and a film director Arto Halonen from Turkmenistan to Europe and all the way to the United States of America as the filmmakers track and research the companies operating in Turkmenistan which have translated the Ruhnama-book written by the dictator of Turkmenistan into their own languages and supported in absurd ways the dictatorship of Turkmenistan. Thanks to the film the Finnish Foreign Ministry ordered a survey about the social responsibility of Finnish firms in the countries which offend the human rights.

Shadow of the Holy Book got its world premiere at the most significant International Documentary Film Festival in its field in Amsterdam (IDFA) in Joris Ivens -main award category in 2007. Since that it has been presented at over 120 international festivals around the world. The Europe Films Academy awarded Shadow of the Holy Book with the Best European Documentary Film Award 2008. The film was shown in either Cinemas or on Television in over 20 countries.

More information:

http://www.shadowoftheholybook.net/

DocsDF – the best documentary films: http://docsdf.org/mirandoalmundo/?lang=en

DocsDF- the main Website: http://docsdf.org/?lang=en