Helsinki goes wild for Southern Gothic

'Beasts,' 'Killer Joe' unspool in Finnish fest

BERLIN — Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will open the 25th Helsinki Film Festival on Sept. 20.

Also known as Love & Anarchy, Finland’s biggest film festival is showcasing more Southern gothic with a gala presentation of William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe,” starring Matthew McConaughey.

The 11-day fest will unspool more than 180 features, closing with Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” starring Marion Cotillard.

The Finnish Film Gala selection is Arto Halonen’s documentary, “When Heroes Lie,” examining doping in cross-country skiing, in particular the 2001 World Ski Championships held in Lahti. Other domestic premieres include “The Marshal of Finland,” about the life of wartime military commander and president Gustaf Mannerheim.

Among the special screenings in the new Haute Cuisine sidebar, which include dinners by the chefs of Helsinki’s Restaurant Sunn designed to fit the theme of each film, are Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share,” Christian Vincent’s “Haute Cuisine” and Jose Coira’s “18 Meals.”

Animated films include Ignacio Ferreras’ “Wrinkles” and Goro Miyazaki’s “From Up on Poppy Hill.”

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