Midnight Sun Film Festival
In June, movie buffs flock to the northern side of the polar circle for five days and nights to enjoy the magical midnight sun and superb movies from cinema’s greatest masters.
Founded in 1986 by the Finnish directors Aki and Mika Kaurismäki as well as Peter von Bagh, the Midnight Sun Film Festival boasts one of the most unique atmospheres of any festival in the world: top directors, up-and-coming talents, an international audience and the average person on the street come together in a sincere and warm atmosphere under the midnight sun. Without any formal restraints, the festival is best characterised by its pure love for cinema.
Timeless masterpieces of veteran filmmakers will be presented side by side with the most recent film achievement of contemporary cinema. In the master class screenings, leading film critics will provide their insight to cinema’s finest classics, and music films are given a new spin in the karaoke screenings. To top it all, the undisputed highlights of the festival are the glorious silent movies screened to live music. Altogether about 80 full-length films presented in over 100 screenings.
Films will be shown in four venues 24 hours a day. And it makes no difference whether you stroll out of the movie theatre at two o’clock in the day or night – the sun will be shining on you and the festival.