Thank you, Jaime Potenze. Thank you for leaving us a legacy full of future.

Welcome to the 13th edition of Cinemaissí, the Latin American Film Festival in Finland.

Once again, the most important event to promote our culture will be held in Helsinki. All of this is possible thanks to the people who are part of Cinemaissí ry., a non-profit association founded in 2005. Above all else, we want to emphasize the involvement, perseverance and passion of our volunteers. We are permanently grateful to all of them.

We want to dedicate this edition to our fellow, friend, colleague and activist Jaime Potenze, who was a reference of the Latin American culture in this country during the last couple of decades. Jaime, who smiles to us so close, yet so far away, is our reference for this festival edition, “Gracias a la vida – Thanks to life”.

Cinemaissí 2017 is not indifferent to the current geopolitical events: the refugee crisis, the deaths in the Mediterranean or the Trump wall. This year, we want to work on the concept of transculturality. Transculturality is understood as hybridization, permeability, continuous encounter of different cultures, coexistence with other people and the results of these processes.

Therefore, we will go further on this concept through two discussion panels. The nature of the first panel will be introspective and we will discuss the challenges of the iberoamerican community in Finland. During the second panel, we will apply a reflective thinking on the representation of diversity in the cinema.

We will be able to see, hear and feel different cultures such as Hindú, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Finnish, and also be in contact with our way of living together through several short films under the label: Beyond the Wall (feature/short movies).

Regarding the relation with Finland, during this edition, we are proud to show three documentaries of Finnish-Latin America co-production directed by women: Tango Suomi (Gabriela Aparici, 2016), Batallas Íntimas (Lucía Gajá, 2016) and Maa sisälläni (Jenni Kivistö, 2016). The last two documentaries will premiere in this country.

Cinemaissí 2017 celebrates Latin American cinema as a place for meeting and diversity. WELCOME!

Themes

We believe that there is not a single audience that likes good cinema, but a variety of people with very different tastes. Taking this into account, we have made a careful selection of about 50 films, divided by themes, both for feature and short screenings.

About Love (feature/short movies)

Exciting stories of couples united by the brotherhood, passion or by the love for the motherland.

Cinemaissí for kids

Fun animated cinema in Spanish for children from 6 to 16 years.

Focus on: Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest Spanish language writers, will be given special attention at the festival. We will screen two films, fiction and documentary, along with a parallel event during the festival on his work and figure.

New Horizons (feature/short movies)

F​ar from established doctrines, these films present vibrant and risky approaches that envision the new languages of cinematography.

Opening

The Argentine comedy “The Distinguished Citizen” will open Cinemaissí 2017. During the last year, the film has received more than 22 awards. The film is especially known for the quality of acting and the original script.

Animation (short movies)

A selection of the best pieces of animation for adults, an exciting range of techniques and styles.

Female Voices (feature/short movies)

A beautiful set of films directed by women and films in which the female voice carries the greatest narrative weight. All of them portray strong women in central roles.

High Intensity (short movies)

For those passionate about strong emotions.

Next Masters

A selection of high quality films we wish to highlight – we firmly believe these are the future stars of Latin Cinema.

What the F**k! (short movies)

Extravagant, weird, demented… These short films will not leave you indifferent.

Venues

Kino Andorra & Dubrovnik

Eerikinkatu 11,
00100 Helsinki

Kino Korjaamo
Kulmasali & Elokuvasali

Töölönkatu 51 a-b,
00250 Helsinki

Other spaces

Luckan Verandan

Simonkatu 8,
00100 Helsinki

Sello Library

Kauppakeskus Sello,
Leppävaarankatu 9,
02070 Espoo

Office

Globe Art Point

Malminkatu 5,
00100 Helsinki

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