Richard Laxton’s An Englishman in New York is screened at Espoo Ciné.

THE ESPOO Ciné film festival gets underway 20 August, offering cinema lovers the opportunity to sample some of the best films from around the world. Opening with Fatih Akin’s latest film Soul Kitchen, a music-driven comedy about a Greek restaurateur taking place in the director’s hometown of Hamburg, the festival will run for ten days.

After extending to its current length last year, 2010 sees approximately 100 feature films screening at the newly-renovated Kino Tapiola, as well as at the Espoo Cultural Centre and the Bio Rex Sello in Leppävaara.

With a focus on new European drama, the festival programme boasts a number of films arriving direct from Cannes, including French director Olivier Assayas’ epic Carlos, based on the story of the legendary Jackal, the most famous terrorist of the past century. Fans of Woody Allen’s particular brand of comedy can find solace in his latest effort You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger starring Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins.

Closing the festival is Submarino, a hard-hitting and controversial Danish drama from one of the founding members of dogme95, director Thomas Vinterberg.

Espoo Ciné International
film festival
20-29 August
Kino Tapiola, Espoo Cultural
Centre, Bio Rex Sello

This year the festival also launches a collaboration with the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) with an exhibition entitled Expo Ciné, which investigates some of the latest developments in digital cinema.

Elsewhere, to celebrate U2’s much anticipated performances in Helsinki in August, the festival’s traditional outdoor screening will this year feature Phil Joanou’s 1988 concert film U2: Rattle and Hum.

James O’Sullivan